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But since I'm an insomniac, and there were a few topics where I knew enough to think my answer or comment might be useful, I began writing the odd answer here and there in latenight sessons staring at a sleep-killing bluelight Tablet screen, poking in each letter of every answer one at a time. The GoT answers have often approached scholarly standards in breadth and depth.
So even tho not every item on Quora is valuable, the frequency of high quality information is unusually high. In Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, love often brings suffering and the focus is on commitment more than romance e. Jan 19, When Orson Scott Card wants to teach a lesson, he presents it to a class or writes it in an essay.
This is true of most fiction writers. Was Ender Wiggin's physical appearance ever described? He is drawn in the graphic novels to be white and have blonde brown hair. While this is artistic impression, nevertheless this was with OSC'S blessing.
Prose fiction does not.
I avoid describing my characters as much as possible in my fiction. In working on the comics, I provided the artist with childhood photographs of a bright and good young man I knew with the consent and cooperation of him and his family because he had an Enderish feel - a completely subjective judgment which has no rational basis.
But since I knew I hadn't described Ender, I didn't have to worry about contradicting the book. Is Orson Scott Card's account real? Jan 20, Not sure how to prove it here. Tell you what. If the things I write here make me seem awful to you in some way, then it isn't me. However, you could get a blue tick by following the process in Quora's answer to "What does it mean to be verified on Quora? What are verified profiles? How does Quora verify accounts? I'm not really concerned with whether people believe it's me.
If what I say makes sense, cool. Isn't that the best way to sort out public conversations? OSC's comment posted Jan 21, The letter I received required that I use Facebook or some other social media I don't personally use, or make an appointment for a Skype conversation, which is extremely inconvenient.
This was done ] In "Ender's Game", why did Card include the story line of Peter and Valentine trying to take over the world, if the book was about Ender and his internal and external struggles?
Jan 20, As I was writing the novel, both Peter and Valentine who weren't in the short story became quite important to Ender, and therefore to me. Like everyone else, they experience life as the hero of their own story. They aren't sitting at the library reading books while they wait for Ender to save the species.
Peter is ambitious and impatient and domineering. So I thought about how a near-future child with the ambition of Alexander of Macedon might be able to gain access to power in his teens. And thus the storyline of Peter and Valentine, Locke and Demosthenes, was born.
When is "Shadows Alive" coming out? Jan 20, They always make me write the books before they'll publish them. I'm really waiting till I figure out what's going on with the Descolada planet. I've written myself into an ecological and evolutionary box. For me, there will never be enough time-travel written, much less time-mind-travel. The other two books were going to be about a Noah and the flood, and b Adam and Eve in Eden. The problem was that in writing Pastwatch, I allowed the characters to go back in time and change things — which is the main purpose of time travel stories anyway.
But that meant that in effect, they erased anything that might have happened in the other two books. And since those books COULD NOT include revisions of past events, the present action would have consisted only of providing a modern viewpoint to learn about past events.
If the stuff they discovered was cool enough, then maybe that would be all right. But with no ability to change the past, the present-day characters would be essentially inert.
So when it became clear to me that the other two Pastwatch books were not going to be writable any time soon, I bought the contracts back from my publisher for the amount I was paid by deducting it from the advance for a later series ; because my publisher is a man of nobility and kindness, I was not charged interest on the amount.
Have things or technologies you described in sci-fi or fantasy novels become reality? I just look at stuff and try to imagine what might happen if some aspect were changed, and how society might be transformed. But I do hope to get it right as an understanding of human nature. How do you write a fight scene between the hero and villain in hand-to-hand combat?
Jan 22, You write the scene according to your knowledge, experience, and understanding of hand-to-hand combat. If you actually know what you're talking about, you can write more of the process.
Just remember that fight scenes, in detail, very quickly become excruciatingly boring to read. It was about 70 pages long, and in rejecting it, Ben said I should cut it in half.
I knew I couldn't do that and still have a story, but why would he say that? I reread the story and caught myself skipping over the battle scenes. So I cut out one battle entirely and reduced another to a mere summary rather than a blow-by-blow account. It made the story five pages shorter, and since I added about three pages of improved viewpoint across several scenes, the manuscript was only two pages shorter than before when I resubmitted it.
But it FELT as if I had cut it in half, because the battles that remained were suspenseful, clear, and interesting, and by the time readers would have been weary of them, they were over. When you give a detailed account of any action, remember that such scenes cannot be interesting if they aren't clear. If readers ever have to go back and reread a bit in order to figure out what happened, you've lost them.
Often when such a scene feels long, it's because either your setup was weak enough that readers don't care how the fight plays out, or you've written it so quickly that it isn't clear, so to make it interesting you have to make longer.
Usually what's needed isn't more detailed process writing, but more attitude, reasoning, and analysis from the viewpoint character.
Why do authors write fiction books in chapters? When and why did this practice arise? Jan 22, I can't speak to the origin of chaptering, though now I'm curious to see other answers. But I can address the utility of chaptering. The first thing to remember is that there is no required length for a chapter, nor any rule about how to decide where chapter breaks should come.
Most of the time, writers do not put a chapter break in the middle of a scene unless they are changing from one viewpoint character to another in a book in which a change of viewpoint character comes only with a new chapter.
Most writers end a chapter with the completion of a major action or sequence of events, but for some the end of a chapter requires a cliffhanger, and for others it requires closure. That's a matter of author choice every time, and consistency is not a worthwhile goal. If the readers care enough about the characters, you don't need cliffhangers to keep them reading.
The rhythm of chaptering is a matter of personal style. Most of my novels end up about , words long, divided among 19 to 24 chapters. None of the chaptering is planned or outlined. It just keeps coming out that way. Meanwhile, I've noticed that David Baldacci will have 60 or 70 chapters in roughly the same length of novel. Yet I never feel like his chapters are too short.
If you ever feel like a one-sentence chapter is needed in order to set off a particular moment or action in the story, go for it. Even a chapter that contains nothing but the chapter heading, followed by a page break, MIGHT have ironic or humorous effect. Just remember that chaptering eccentricities have a diminishing effect with repetition. An empty chapter might be a device you use once in a career.
Only the author has a vote on chaptering decisions. Everyone else is a spectator. When was the first draft of Ender's Game originally written, and how many times was it revised?
There were small editing corrections. The original novelette 17, words had one draft. Analog editor Ben Bova suggested revisions. In response, I removed one battle and summarized another, then added some additional viewpoint material so the total shortening of the story was only two or three pages.
When I advise writers that the only living draft is the first draft, I mean it. Once I understood the problem, I started over from the beginning, never looking at the previous attempt. It was a new first draft. In my opinion, second drafts are useless in fiction writing; they are dead before you begin, because you remain trapped in the bad decisions of a failed first draft.
What's the best book you've never written?
Something you've always wanted to write but never got around to it. Which of your series do you like better: Ender's Game or Pathfinder? Jan 23, You know this is like asking me which is my favorite child. The insight that let me finally write the first draft of the story, when I was about 24, was the realization that the time to train future officers to think in three-dimensional space was when they were young. Just as children under ten or twelve can still learn a second language with native fluency, but a couple of years later cannot, why not suppose that children would be similarly retrainable with spatial thinking?
So I rethought the entire Battle School and battle room with children instead of adult trainees, and it became a very different — and more writeable — story. Years later, when writing the novel winter of —84 , I was merely creating a new build-up to the same climax.
I knew, at the end, that I had something, and once my editor, Harriet McDougal, had read it, we agreed that it needed a good launch because it might be the kind of book that would have some impact. Writing Pathfinder could not have been a more different process. In publication order. Short Stories. Original set of sequels to Ender's Game , also referred to as: Original set of sequels to Ender's Shadow , also referred to as: Novels portal. Shadows in Flight The Shadow Orson Scott Card: Shadows in Flight".
The Author Hour radio show. Works by Orson Scott Card. Ender's Game series. First Meetings A War of Gifts: An Ender Story Children of the Fleet Comics Film.
Ender Wiggin Formics Jane. Organizations Planets. The Tales of Alvin Maker. The Tales of Alvin Maker comic book, The Worthing series. Lovelock Rasputin TBA. Empire Hidden Empire Pathfinder Ruins Visitors Retrieved from " https: American science fiction novels Ender's Game series books Upcoming books Science fiction novel stubs.
Recruiting Valentine. The League War. War of Gifts.