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#140 Jasper Fforde

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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

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