Category: Terry Pratchett

When Writing Is It

Some people ask, how do you know you’re a writer? Answers vary: when I’ve finished the first draft of my first novel; when I’ve been accepted by an agent; when I’ve been published; when I’ve sold X amount of books; when I’m an answer on Jeopardy! I think the answer is more simple and more…

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Quick Change Artist

Something you’ll notice very quickly when you read Pratchett is that, for a lot of his books, he doesn’t stay in one place long.  Pratchett likes to skip around POVs.  The question is, why?  (Jenny may chime in on this one, because this bouncing is one of her pet peeves with Pratchett.) Sometimes, authors use…

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Terry Pratchett’s Volume: High

A couple weekends ago, I attended an event hosted by the Pikes Peak Library District called the Mountain of Authors. It is exactly that: a mountain of traditionally published authors and self published authors all crammed together to listen to panels, talk about writing and publishing trends, and sell books. There must’ve been about thirty…

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With Pictures!

We all know how fantastic Terry Pratchett is, but today I’m going to give some kudos to his illustrators. Over the years, Mr. Pratchett has had a number of different artists do Discworld pieces, and then, he started working with Paul Kidby. Paul Kidby’s style is a superb fit for Pratchett’s tone. Look at these…

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The Rule of Three in Discworld

Perhaps you have heard of the ‘Rule of Three’ in comedy writing. For those that haven’t, I point you to a really down-and-dirty quick definition/explantion by John Kinde: “The first two items in the triplet set the pattern (the “straight” line) and the third item breaks the pattern (the curve/the twist/the derailment). Breaking the pattern…

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Illustrations and Story: The Last Hero

Novels and short stories, by their nature, are word-based. According to this article from the New York Times, “Your Brain on Fiction,”: “Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and…

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Short and Sweet

“Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.” – Blaise Pascal Or, translated, it means, “I made this letter long, because I did not have time to make it short.” A perfect introduction to this week’s prompt. I recently found The Postcard Press,…

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L-Space

Here’s one for all you book/book store/library lovers. Terry Pratchett’s definition of L-Space: Libraries, nature of.Even big collections of ordinary books distort space and time, as can readily be proved by anyone who has been around a really old-fashioned second-hand bookshop, one of those that has more staircases than storeys and those rows of shelves…

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