Another great post with sound and pertinent ideas. I’m seriously going to have to check out George R.R. Martin’s work too. I’ve heard nothing but good about it.
I swear you could teach a class using Game of Thrones as an example of how to do pretty much everything right. I’m going to be using examples from it again. Thank you, George R.R. Martin.
Fantasy and sci-fi authors spend a lot of time building their universes. That was an understatement, but you get the idea. I personally have pages upon pages upon pages written about the trade, political, and casual relations between all of the cities in my fantasy, even more written on racial history. Immortal blood angel queens, dryad superhighways, nymph pseudo-goddesses–and I think I’ve done less worldbuilding in total than most fantasy writers.
Point is, we do all this work, and we’re tempted to dump it all on the readers, which is the worst possible thing we could do.
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