Writing Excuses 5.14: Visual Components of Novels with Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld joins Brandon and Howard for a discussion of the visual components of novels. His novel Leviathan is set in an alternate history 1914, and is designed to look like a book from 1914, complete with illustrations. Keith Thompson designed the art to look like period art, and it adds a significant dimension to the book.
Brandon talks about how he employed these same principles in The Way of Kings, which has in-world maps and in-world illustrations throughout its thousand pages. And of course Howard points how these things apply in the illustration-dependent Schlock Mercenary.
We move into a discussion of how the illustrations affect both the publication process and the storytelling, and how things like deck-plans and engineering diagrams feed back into the story.
Audiobook Pick-of-the-Week: Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, narrated by Alan Cumming
Writing Prompt: Draw the floor plan of the house or building you’re in. Knock out a wall, and write an action scene involving that.
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