As I've been invited to participate in a discussion panel at The Oakwood Literature Festivalin Derby on the 18th, this month is all about WORLD BUILDING. And the main question which needs answering is: Outside In or Inside Out?
I’m very proud to be an Inside Outer, especially
as I’m in very good company it seems. Other Inside Outers are JRR Tolkien and Tad Williams. Inside Out and Outside In are terms used to describe
methods of Fantasy and SciFi world building. As an Inside Outer, Tolkien focuses his attention on Bilbo and the
hobbits then creates a world around them. In my
very first fantasy novel, written when I was approximately 12, it turns out I couldn’t
settle for just one process. I remember spending hours drawing and colouring
maps of a world for my central character Panthra to inhabit. As a man who could
instantly transform himself into a panther when the need arose, he spent a
great deal of time in desert terrain and the odd cave or two. Sadly the
drawings were lost when …
Wishing you all the very best for this festive season. Thank you for all your support over the course of this year. I look forward to bringing new and improved writing to you in the New Year and hope all your most fervent wishes come true.