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Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers

Tolkien's 10 Tips for VWriters Are you a fan of The Hobbit? A Lord of the Rings geek? Or you are a writer who wants to create a masterpiece? If you're a writer, here are some tips drawn from Telkien's work. Thanks to The Letters of J.RR. Tolkien', edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can with the author of the world fantasy classic. literally speak 1. Vanity Is Useless 'I certainly hope to whole thing CLOTR] revised and in final form, for the world to throw into the waste-paper basket. ll books come there in the 'end, in this world, anywaey' ve behind me the letter to Sir Stanley Unwin on 31 July 1947 2. Keep a Stiff Upper Lip 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 when he would say, you can do better than that. Better, Tolkien, please! I would trry. I'd sit down and write the ssee tion over and over. That happened with the seene I think is the best in the book, the confrontation between Gandalf and his rival wieard, Saruman, in the rawaged city of Isengard.' Tolkien writes to his editor about the comments C.S. Lewis made about The Lord of the Rings 4. Let Your Interests Drive Your Writing Tolkien's interest was originally languages. He loved to create his own languages based on more ancient ones. He followed yp pC TEMPIYINT: U CJC his interests enough to create entire cultures based on these languages and then wrote stories about them which then yab cephuniT6itib»y.aɔ became legend. If you are writing something that is not really in your heart, you will write something flat and lifeless. p maych benöTGÓ TA TI Abbcacy 6i nab cAcyen: vocrych- benötuÓ TA TI 5. 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 of the song of Strider concerning Luthien,. originallez appeared in the Leeds university magazine, but the whole tale, as sketched bry Aragorn, was written in a poem of great length'. 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 'The tHobbit sau the light and made my connec tion with A. d u. bys an accident' Sometimes accidents happen, and sometimes those accidents will lead a writer to a publisher or create an 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 'In sleep I had the dreadful dream of the incluc table wave, either coming dut of the quiet sea, or coming in towering over the green inlands. and I auike gasping out of the deep water. I used to draw it or write bad poems about it" 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 Characters 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 if a situation presented itself like the peril that is in my current offering. 9. You May Be the Next Best Selling Author 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 the tips listed in this infographics. HOBBIT RR Tolkiel 10. 10. Books You Write May Seem Trite 'I now find The Lord of the Rings good in parts' This is to say that upon reading his books 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 years after you have written. - The Coolest Way To Cheat! Essayo Mama Site -| Follow Us on Twitter - CEssaymama Resources

Tolkien's 10 Tips for Writers

shared by jessmillis on Aug 18
Do you like 'The Hobbit'? Did you read or see 'The Lord of the Rings'? Did you hear about J.J.R. Tolkien? Of course, you do! This infographics will be interesting for LOTR fans and useful for any aspi...


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