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    Question about my writing style...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Androxine Vortex, Dec 20, 2014.

    My style of writing is not what you would say is the popular form of style used today. I draw my inspiration from books such as the Silmarilion, Iliad, etc. The way i write is more of an epic styled narration. Think of the intro scene of Fellowship of the Ring where Galadriel is narrating. This reminds me of my writing style. I know the general rule is to show don't tell, but my writing is very telly.

    I'm questioning if this style would ever have a chance of being published. Most authors focus on creating likable characters and while i do try to flesh them out, I've always been more fascinated with good plots. My stories are very "epic" in scale, spanning multiple worlds and in some, entire centuries.

    Everytime i try to write like "modern"authors do, i never like what i write because it just feels foreign to me. Now, i don't write every sentence with thou and thy, no. I don't make it confusing to the reader.

    So do you think something in this sort of style has a chance of being published? I understand there's hundreds of variables in that question. And again the only orher works i could compare it to would be the Silmarilion mainly.




    And a part two of my thread, i created a very detailed and immersive world that was originally designed for role-playing games like D&D. I'm really interested in getting these ideas published so I'm thinking of making each book a collection of short stories about different characters from this universe. I don't know if that's a good idea or not. If it became popular enough i would love to create a sort of omnibus for it, sort of how wiki sites are set up but for all characters, races, gods, factions, etc. I wonder if a sort of encyclopedia style book is possible too?


    Sorry for the long thread i just haven't been able to write recently with these dilemmas...
     
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    I don't remember if the forum rules address bumping, but it's considered bad form.

    Edit: From the Rules - Thread bumping is not allowed.

    I'm not sure anyone can answer your questions. Certainly, fantasy novels of the kind I think you're describing have been, and are being, published. You could take a look at what's out there and compare it to your stuff to get some idea about your chances of being published, but the only real way to know is to write and submit.

    As for part two, I think you're getting way ahead of yourself. You've created the world. Write one short story, submit it to some publication that uses that sort of work and see if they like it. If so, write another, and then another. If the series catches on, then you can start thinking about omnibi and encyclopedias.
     
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    You also have to consider that if you start writing some other way - way you don't like it so much - it is more possible that you will make mistakes, because you will not be in your comfortable zone, also your motivation may drop (it happened with me when I was writing a story for children (I loved the plot, didn't like style of writing). Of course at some point I'm sure you'll have to use different narrattion in your writing, but when you reach that point, you'll know it has to be done and you'll be ok with it.
    So if you force yourself now to write in some other style that you don't enjoy that much, it's possible that your writing can be felt by readers as insincere, maybe also dull.
    And I also think that books are being published with your styleof narration. If I understand you correctly, The Hobbit is like that, isn't it? Ok, it was published 60 years ago, but still... :)

    Also I think show don't tell is a flexible rule... In some narration styles it's more needed than the others. I think close third narration will have more showing than omniscient third. :)
     
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    Game of Thrones springs to mind.
     
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    Yes, I think I didn't understand correctly what OP meant. In The Hobbit Tolkien is literally a narrator telling his readers the story with his own remarks from time to time.
     
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    "The Hobbit is like that, isn't it? Ok, it was published 60 years ago, but still... :)"

    Nah, not at all. There's a difference between the fairy-tale, nicely linear style of The Hobbit depicting relatively few events, and an
    almost matter-of-fact style of Silmarillion covering hundreds of years, tens of heroes who stand out by one or two acts and are no more
    important for the plot, or else appear in another story as much as unimportant. The guy knows why he's referring to Silmarillion; LOTR is nearer to what you mean but is still pretty focused on the MCs. If I'm getting right what Androxine wants to say, his prose doesn't really depict the heroes but rather what they did and what happened on a really huge scale.
    And that...I hink, only Tolkien could afford; firstly, because he had an amazing breadth of knowledge as a base for such style and second, because he was the first to come up with something like that.
     
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    In that case, one of the greatest trilogies ever written is broadly similar- Foundation.
     
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    Does it have a chance of being published? Sure, if it's awesome enough.

    But will it be easy to find a publisher for it? Nope, I don't think so. It's hard enough for people to find publishers for books that are written in the modern tradition. Finding a publisher for a book that seems to leave out characterization, traditionally considered one of the main building blocks of fiction? That's going to be harder, for sure.
     
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    Thanks for that replies and i apologize for that bump, won't do it again.

    But yes, things happening on a grand scale would be a better way to explain my prose. And its not to say that i never single in on characters, it's just there might not be a main or central character. Its like I'm explaining the history of my world on a large scale. Maybe there would be nations at war but part of the story would focus on a hero rising from the conflict to fight against the cruel tyrants. Then after that the perspective might shift to a neighboring country who sees this opportunity to invade while there is war and the story would focus on characters of that perspective for a time.

    I see it as explaining the history of my world and not everything happens in one country, or or perspective or character.
    However in a separate work i am writing, the timeline spans over centuries and focuses around one central character but he has found ways to keep himself alive without actually becoming immortal per say.
     

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