Are you a fan of The Hobbit? Lord of the Rings geek? you are a
S wniter who wants to create a mastenpicce? Jf youre a wniter, here are some tips drawn from Tolkien's wonk. Thanks to The Letters of
IRR Telkien, edited by Humphrey Canpenten, we can litenally speak
with the authen of the world fantasy lassie.
1. Vanity I
eertniny Leave vebind me the whole thing CLOTET revised and in Firal form, for the world throw into the wonstcpnper basket. All wanks eame there in the ond, in this wald,
letter to Sir Stanley Unwin on 31 July 1947
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Despite of personal problems - being ill, being overworked and missing his son Christopher who was away in the Royal Navy - he put many of his struggles aside and went to writing. He had to balance his day job with his desire to write epic stories set in Middle
Earth. He found time. He made time. It took him 7 years to write The Hobbit.
Letter to Sir Stanley Unwin dated July 21, 1946
3. Listen to Critics
'Whon he wruld 'Yru can da better than thet.
Bette, rakiery pleasel" wald try. sit dawn and write the Scetion wer and wor. Tet with the seone think is the best in the book, the
ernfrontation betweon Gondalf And vis rival wicard,
Sheuman, in the ravnged eity vf Coongard.!
Tolkien writes to his editor about the comments
Lewis made about The Lord of the Rings
4. Let Your Interests Drive
Tolkien's interest was originally languages.
He loved to create his own languages based on more ancient ones. He followed his interests enough to create entire cultures based on these languages and then wrote stories about them which then became legend. If you are writing something that is not really in your heart, you will write something flat and lifeless.
S. Poetry As A Road to Prose
When Tolkien couldn't express his thoughts in prose he "wrote much of it in verse.
"The first version vf the sony of Strider conecrning Luthicn,...
wiginallys nppearca in the Lecds university magazine, bit the whale tale, as sketehed bry wins written in of grumt
Try composing your thoughts in the form of verse to cause your brain to think deeply about the phrasing, the structure and the literary devices.
6. Happy Accident
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with 4. biy an necident!
Sometimes accidents happen, and sometimes those accidents will lead a, writer toa publisher orcreatean entire novel. Tolkien created entire worlds and then used what he knew of myth and legend to tell iconic,
archetypal stories based in those magical places. Even
though he planned everything out meticulously, he
still had happy accidents occur. Sometimes accidents
can be blessings.
7. Dreams Give Us Inspiration
En sleep the drendtul dream vf the incluetmole wave, cther crrring wt oF the mict erming in tawering, wer the grcon inlands... and wet the dug winter. used to drow tt w write bnd gooms Mowet Ut
He goes on to write of the process he used to incorporate this feeling of being drowned in the invasion of Middle Earth by Mordor. He also worked this into many of his motifs: the drowning of Isengard, the dead marshes, and Sam Gamgee's near drowning when following Frodo.
8. Real People Make Great
Tolkien drew from real life people to populate the amazing world of
Middle Earth. Look around you.
Many of the people you spend time with every day may make fantastic characters in your novel. It is fun to imagine them as heroes or what they would really do ifa situation presented itself Like the peril that is in my current offering.
9. You May Be the Next Best
Tolkien was surprised by the success of his first book and also of the others. He felt, literally, that his best-selling nature was a complete accident.
This gives all writers hope, but know that he did not achieve his status without following many of I the tips listed in this infographics.
10. Books You Write May
nw find The Lord vf the Lings good in parts
This is to say that upon reading his books years after writing them his writing experience informs him that he is a much better writer than when he published The
Hobbit. You may feel that way about books you have written.
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