Writing Tips from George R. R. Martin

At a recent event at the Sydney Opera House, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin shared ten tips for writing fantasy. Here is the list; click through to Chris Jager’s Lifehacker article for the details:

  • Don’t limit your imagination
  • Choose your point-of-view characters to broaden the narrative’s scope
  • It’s okay to “borrow” from history
  • On believable POVs
  • Grief is a powerful tool — but don’t overdo it
  • Violence should have consequences — so spare nothing!
  • Avoid fantasy cliches
  • On creating “grey” characters
  • Juggling lots of characters takes skill — and luck
  • Remember: Winter is coming