LTN017 – The Joy and Benefits of Hanging Out With Dead Novelists

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So you want to learn how to write a novel. Where do you go to become a professional novelist? In this episode I relate how this podcast is designed along the lines of Medieval Guilds, where apprentices learned for established craftsmen. In the spirit of the guild, I share some of the lessons I’ve learned from novelists living and dead, with some fascinating anecdotes about JRR Tolkien and The Lord of The Rings.

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Here are links to the books I mention in this episode:

JRR Tolkien: A Biography, Humphrey Carpenter. This is the authorized biography of Tolkien with a wonderful visit by the author to Tolkien’s house and study.

The History of the Lord of The Rings, Christopher Tolkien. The 4-book series by JRR Tolkien’s son who collected and arranged the various drafts and drawing detailing the evolution of the writing of The Lord of The Rings. It’s a fascinating look over Tolkien’s shoulder as he works through the novel writing process.

 

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