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CLIP 13270

Philip Pullman on the fantastical parallel worlds in his novels

Philip Pullman on the fantastical parallel worlds in his novels
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Key Info
  • Philip Pullman on the fantastical parallel worlds in his novels
  • Duration: 05:19
  • 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. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in January 2012 as part of the programme How to write.
  • Subject:

    English

       Topic:

    Writing: Narrative Fiction

  • Keywords: Howtowrite, creative writing, Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials, The Amber Spyglass, The Golden Compass, science fiction, fantasy, narrative fiction, science in literature
Ideas for use in class
  • When discussing creative writing and story telling. When discussing the works of Philip Pullman. When discussing fantastical worlds. When discussing realism and fantasy. When discussing science fiction.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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