By that I mean thinking about my next novel. I’m currently rereading The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchmann, and it is beyond annoying at the moment. I’m taking notes just about every other sentence. Her writing style is so lucid and filled with sharp, concise details that I’m constantly thinking ‘oh, that’s good, I have to incorporate something like that in my next book’. She did win a Pulitzer for this book so its pedigree is stellar. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it, even if you’re a fiction reader/writer. In fact, especially if you’re a fantasy reader/writer. Her descriptions of royalty alone make it worth picking up.
PROLOGUE: A BLACK CONDOR DIPPED her featherless head and flapped her wings, straining for height. Another vulture drifted in front of her, forcing the condor to climb higher in the crowded wheel of circling birds. The condor struggled, her body weak from having little to eat over the past month. The sun had yet to… Read more »