Philip Pullman reveals some secrets of the art and craft of fiction writing. He stresses the importance of stamina and determination because “writing a novel is a marathon and not a sprint”. He explains how a writer must learn to step inside a scene to imagine what is seen and heard, and how he prefers not to plan a book in advance, but instead look forward to writing about what happens as events unfold and characters cross each others' paths. To illustrate this point he reads a tense passage from The Amber Spyglass.
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- 12 January 2012
Could be used when discussing creative writing and story telling or when discussing the works of Philip Pullman. Useful when discussing fantastical worlds, realism, fantasy and science fiction.