I really enjoy reading and writing western European-style fantasy, and because my characters tend to go adventuring, there’s a lot of walking involved. This is one of the most common complaints I hear in fantasy – modern readers don’t want to read about the journey, they want to read about what happens when they get there. This week, my writing has been all about writing my way down the road.
It’s challenging, because unless there are mini bosses and adventures along the way, this gets a bit tedious. Not just for the reader, but for the writer (me!) as well. As part of my process, I have to get through these parts and when I go back for the second draft, I edit as needed. But I’m a linear writer, so in order to keep my train of thought, I need to get my characters from Point A to Point B.
Some books, like The Invasion of the Tearling, do this traveling thing really well. The Fellowship of the Ring kicks butt at it – there are so many mini adventures because Frodo and friends even get out of the Shire! My favorite parts of the series are in those early chapters.
So, my lovely friends and fantasy writers, what do you do to pass the time while your characters are on the road? Is it mad centaur attacks? Campfire songs? Share your favorites – whether you’ve read them or written them!
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