Writer’s Quote Wednesday – George R.R. Martin

12 Jan

Welcome to my blog. I hope 2016 has treated all of you well so far. Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog. Check out her weekly wrap-up every Tuesday and be inspired by all the quotes.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

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I have a love/hate relationship (in my head) with the author of A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin. He’s a brilliant writer and I love that he is fearless when it comes to taking risks with his storytelling, but if he kills off another one of my favorite characters . . . #%^ƒµ∫>!

Anyway, here are 10 Fantasy Writing Tips from the talented fantasy author that can help writers write their own epic tales. (Those are his comments under each tip.)

1- Don’t Limit Your Imagination

“Before A Song of Ice and Fire I had been working in television for ten years.When I went back to prose, there were suddenly no limits: I could write something huge with all the characters I wanted, with battles, dragons and immense settings.”

2- Choose your point-of-view characters to broaden the narrative’s scope

“My story is essentially about a world at war. It begins very small with everybody apart from Daenerys in the castle of Winterfell. It’s a very tight focus, and then as the characters split apart, each character encounters more people and additional POVs come into focus.”

3- It’s okay to “borrow” from history

“Although my story is fantasy, it is strongly grounded in actual Medieval history.”

4- Believable POVs

“Ultimately all of us are alone in the universe — the only person we ever really know deeply is ourselves. Obviously, I’ve never been a dwarf or a princess, so when I’m writing these characters I have to try and get inside their skin and see what the world would be like from their position. It’s not always easy.”

5- Grief is a powerful tool — but don’t overdo it

“Presenting not just death, but grief is important. At some point, we all experience the loss of our parents, or sibling or close friend and it’s a very powerful emotion.”

6- Violence should have consequences — so spare nothing! 

“If you’re going to write about Medieval-style warfare, you need to show it — those swords aren’t just for show. You should present it honestly in all its ugliness and horror.”

7- Avoid fantasy cliches

“One of the things that drives me crazy is the externalisation of evil, where evil comes from the “Dark Lord” who sits in his dark palace with his dark minions who all wear black and are very ugly.”

 8- Creating “grey” characters

“Grey characters have always interested me the most and I think the world is full of them.”

9- Juggling lots of characters takes skill — and luck

“Sometimes these damn characters have a mind of their own and refuse to do what I want them to do.”

10- Remember: Winter is coming

“There is darkness in the world but we don’t have to give way to despair. One of the best themes in The Lord of the Rings is that despair is the ultimate crime.”

♦ To read George R.R. Martin’s full article, which is very interesting and helpful, click on the link below.

Top 10 Fantasy Writing Tips From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Author George R.R. Martin

32 Responses to “Writer’s Quote Wednesday – George R.R. Martin”

  1. Sunni Morris January 12, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    All this is interesting. Some of these tips I can relate to more than others.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 12, 2016 at 11:28 pm #

      You may relate to them better if you read the entire article. He says a lot more under the tips. Are you a fan of The Game of Thrones?


  2. khansana1000 January 13, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    true it is 🙂 Reality vs Imagination

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  3. stacilys January 13, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Heyyyyyy Vashti. Happy New Year. I was traveling and just recently returned. Hope you had an amazing holiday season.
    That’s a wild quote (the main one). My hubby is a big Game of Thrones fan.
    Have a wonderful day.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 14, 2016 at 12:12 am #

      Hi Staci! I did have an amazing holiday season this year. I hope you did too. You were traveling so that sounds great. I LOVE this quote! Your hubby and I are on the same team. Have a great week!😙💞

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  4. specialk718 January 13, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Pretty nice!

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  5. coldhandboyack January 13, 2016 at 9:55 am #

    The guy is a genius, a bit grim, but a genius all the same.

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  6. Darshith Badiyani January 13, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    Loved this 🙂 Hope book6 comes soon 😀

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  7. Silver Threading January 13, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    I so need to read Game of Thrones. I have not seen the show on T.V. but I know I will love the characters! I adore your quote and love the words! Vashti, you are amazing! ❤

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 14, 2016 at 12:22 am #

      The characters are diverse and fascinating. It’s a complex story, well researched and so interesting.
      I’m so happy you liked the quote. Thank you so much, Colleen! You’re pretty great yourself!😙💕

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  8. aranislandgirl January 13, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    That quote is so vivid and accurate! I don’t think I am cut from the fantasy writing cloth but some of those pointers make a lot of sense to me.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 14, 2016 at 12:26 am #

      I love this quote! I’m thinking of writing it on the wall in my office. 😉 I thought the tips made sense for writers of all genres. He explains his tips in more detail in his article. Thank you! 😀


  9. dgkaye January 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    Great quote, and thanks for sharing his tips Vashti. 🙂


  10. Juggling Real Food (@JugglngRealFood) January 14, 2016 at 8:40 pm #

    So interesting Vashti. Thanks so much for sharing this over at Let’s Get Real. “Grey characters” is something that I have been thinking about a lot lately. How can we cheer for these horrible characters when we are good people? Do all people really have good and bad sides? It’s just so fascinating to me that we are good or bad based on our circumstances so many times. Funny story………my best friend from school just found a story that she and I wrote in the 7th grade. It was horribly written, but we both found it interesting how we used this writing assignment to write about darker fantasy characters. Interesting because we were two goody-two-shoes preppy girls. Our teacher wrote, “Ladies, I didn’t know you had this in you.”

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 15, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

      Ah, ha, ha! I loved your story and your teacher’s comment––hilarious. I love grey characters because I believe all human beings are ‘grey’. We all have the capacity for good and evil depending on so many things. In a story a grey character is complex and intriguing and makes for good writing and reading.
      It’s always such a pleasure to share on Let’s Get Real! 😀 xx


  11. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) January 19, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    Fab tips and great quotes. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm #

      You’re welcome. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. It’s always a pleasure to share on Read With Me. Thanks for hosting. 🙂


  12. JESS44903 January 22, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    These are so great!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Janice January 28, 2016 at 5:02 pm #

    I can’t resist : Martin obviously isn’t a vegetarian :)–but I actually loved his quote ‘fantasy is silver and scarlet….’ though not relating to his preference of meat over beans.

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    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega January 29, 2016 at 11:37 am #

      Ha, ha! I don’t eat red meat either, and rare, yuk! I interpreted his quote to mean that Fantasy is magical and beautiful and reality is not. I substituted his rare meat and hot peppers with the things I love to eat. ‘Fantasy tastes of strawberries and chocolate, cinnamon and cloves, pasta with fresh marinara and tea as sweet as summer . . .’ 😉

      Liked by 1 person


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