Know Your History – 17th November – Christopher Paolini born

know your history - writingOn this day… 17th November 1983 – Christopher Paolini born

Christopher James Paolini (born November 17, 1983, Los Angeles, California) is an American author. He is best known as the author of the Inheritance Cycle, which consists of the books Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance. Books in the series have now sold over 25 million copies worldwide. He lives in Paradise Valley, Montana, where he wrote his first book.

On Writing

I was lucky enough to come across this great article with Christopher Paolini giving some excellent advice to nano participants – the article is great and I really recommend the users have a quick read but here is a few to get you started:-

  1. Writing your book is going to be difficult. Know this. Accept this. Embrace this. It may be fun as well, but make no mistake, what you’re attempting is a major undertaking.books are friends - christopher paolini
  2. Pace yourself. Conserve your creative strength. Avoid making big decisions not related to your writing. A person can only make so many good decisions over the course of the day, and you want them to go into your novel.
  3. Think about where your story is going next. If you’re going to be flying headlong through the pages, it’s good to have a road map.
  4. If you’re stuck, go for a 15-minute walk.
  5. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, or formatting. Those are easy to fix. Instead, worry about pacing, characters, and setting. Get those right, and no one will care that you put a comma in the wrong place.

Did You Know?

He wrote the first draft of Eragon when he was 15, and self-published its first edition.

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