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Hello to the author and everyone... posted 09 March 2004 in Author Q & AHello to the author and everyone... by Vanarys, Commoner

New member here. Thought I'd drop in and say hi.

Unlike everyone else here (most probably) I still haven't read TDTCB or TWP but have no fear I shall soon enough. Of course, I stopped by <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.princeofnothing.com">www.princeofnothing.com</a><!-- w --> and read the excerpt, during which I was just completely caught of guard and floored. Awesome stuff. I was going to wait patiently for the books to hit US shores, but I might just say screw it and order it from amazon.ca as I'm chomping a bit at the mouth now... <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->

Anyway, I have one or two questions for Mr. Bakker, if he's not to busy to answer them (he's working on the third book right?).


First of all, when you sit down and write a story or just write period, how do you start off and what methods do you use to maintain consistency? You mentioned before in another thread that some people helped or taught you how to write, could you go about listing or perhaps stating some of the methods here?

Secondly, something struck me as funny, I don't claim to be a psychoanalyst or a Dunyain (I wish! <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) -->) by any means, but in your stories do you treat your characters as "the" question and the world around them as the answer? It seems to me that in the novels and stories that I have read, the ones that end up being tedious or just downright boring to me are the ones which treat the character as somehow the answer. Does that make sense? Not sure if I can phrase this any other way. But wait, alternately, you could also argue that Kellhus seems to be the answer to every question, every circumstance (or almost every) within your novel. Hrm.

Blah, anyway, looking forward to ravaging/consuming your books in a matter of hours after I get them, such as I do with all great books that I get. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


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