#140 Jasper Fforde
I've loved Jasper Fforde for years and years.
Ever since Lost in Austen, i was hooked on his witty book-nerd stories. A little bit sci-fi, a little bit fantasy and a whole lot wacky dry British wit, it was an easy sell to see him speak at the Edinburgh Book Festival.
But when he spoke about the devastating experience of writer's block he endured through the process of writing his latest novel, Early Riser, I knew we had to have him on the show. His honesty about how fragile the writing routine actually is – and what got him through to writing again as well as ever – felt like essential information for all of you. In addition, we get into one of my favorite writing tricks ever- the narrative dare. This one is required listening, promise!
Discussed in Episode 140 with Jasper Fforde
Writing a standalone book vs a series
The brilliance of the “Narrative Dare”
Balancing the details and the writing of the actual story
Writing fantasy in a way that feels plausible
What to do when you get stuck
Writing books that are completely out there
How to love writing even when your books aren’t being published
Enjoying the writing as much as the reading
Different methods of research
Keeping track of all the details when world building
What to do when you don’t know how all the pieces fit together