Mark Lawrence is the author of Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns, and Emperor of Thorns.
His latest novel, Prince of Fools, will be released in June 2014.
Literature has depicted violence since the earliest records. Even the “high fantasy” subgenre has heroes we physically associate with killing troves of orcs. What is it in the “grimdark” subgenre that ruffles so many feathers?
No idea! I don’t even know what “grimdark” is. People back off rapidly if you ask them to actually define it. It seems to be shorthand for ‘this thing I don’t like’ … and given that the things people don’t like are as diverse as the things people do like … it ends up pretty meaningless, generally a form of slur.… Continue Reading
This article is by Craig W. Van Sickle & Steven Long Mitchell.
While novels, graphic novels, television or motion picture scripts each present writers with different formats, narrative challenges and audience expectations, they all have one very simple commonality at their heart: telling a great story that hooks, pulls in and holds its consumer.
Simple, right? Well, as they say in novel writing circles, if writing were easy, everyone would be Stephen King.
Truth is, no matter what medium, defining and learning how to hook your audience can actually be very simple if we just break down the elements of storytelling into small, manageable segments.… Continue Reading