This is an episode of Matt Gemmell's Trouble With Writing, a podcast with focused, hard-won techniques for solving all the problems you might encounter when planning, writing, and editing novels. Brief and to-the-point, with episodes you can listen to in any order.
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Themes and Subtext
The arty parts of writing don't need to be engineered up-front.
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The arty aspects of novel writing like themes and subtext are dreaded by most novice authors, but there’s no need to be afraid of them. Art is inherent to creative output, and most of those properties are emergent rather than engineered.
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