The dialogue between Tolkien and his readers as a neverending translation of experiences.

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Recently, I took part in an online meeting of Tolkien fans, and one of them said something that surprised me. He said he doesn’t understand why so many people read The Lord of the Rings in light of Tolkien’s war experience.
It surprised me because, in my opinion, Tolkien’s war…

Is it better to postpone writing your story to when you’ll be perfectly ready, or is it better to write a terrible first draft now?

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NaNoWriMo is an online challenge organised every November on the dedicated site. Writers ‘gather’ from all over the world to challenge themselves to write the first draft of a new project in just 30 days.

I’ve taken part in NaNoWriMo for the past 15 years, and every year, I hear…

What is a NaNoWriMo rebel, and why it might be worth being one?

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We need to start from what is NaNoWriMo.

The challenge has changed quite a bit over more than twenty years of life (it started in 1999). In the beginning, it was simply a challenge to write the first draft of a novel of at least 50.000 …

Writing the first draft of a novel in 30 days might seem daunting, but it is possible. Just don’t rely on inspiration.

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Every year, it’s the same. When I tell fellow writers that I’m about to take part in the NaNoWriMo challenge, either they reply, ‘Cool! I’m doing it too,” or “I would never force myself to write.”

Indeed, there is this concept that if you write for 30 days in a…

Writing the first draft of a novel in 30 days might seem daunting, but it is possible. Just don’t rely on inspiration.

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Every year, it’s the same. When I tell fellow writers that I’m about to take part in the NaNoWriMo challenge, either they reply, ‘Cool! I’m doing it too,” or “I would never force myself to write.”

Indeed, there is this concept that if you write for 30 days in a…

September is the time to celebrate hobbitry. But why are Hobbits so awesome?

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Why on Earth did Tolkien choose the Hobbits as the decisive ‘forces’ in the fight against Sauron?

He had already created a lot of great characters. Characters that most reflected the concept of the hero — whether positive or negative. The Silmarillion is full to the brim of seriously awesome…

Hi!

How are you liking September?

I love it! I’m not a woman for hot temperatures, and July and August are the worst months of the year for me. But September? I’m born anew!

In fact, I’ve been quite busy since the beginning of the month planning Medium stuff, starting…

Talent is also rarer than white flies, so assume you don’t have it and work with what you can actually control.

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The notorious Stephen King quotes from Dance Macabre reads:

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

- Stephen King

Now, I don’t know whether Stephen King thinks talent is cheap because it has no real use…

I much prefer to commemorate birthdays. Remembering Tolkien on the day he passed away.

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I much prefer to remember birthdays than days of death, but today I want to remember the day Tolkien left us, forty-eight years ago.

I often think about Tolkien in his days during the war and the years soon after, when he started drafting his mythology. I often think about…

Take it from a decades-long Tolkien fan: don’t bother about the prologue, delve right into the story.

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I’ve been a Tolkien fan for decades. I love everything Tolkien wrote — Yes, I’ve read most of it, and I’m working on the rest. Even the stranger stuff (read The Notion Club Paper, and you’ll know what I mean).To …

JazzFeathers

Author of historical fantasy novels set in the 1920s | Dieselpunk | 1920s social history blogger | Hopeless Tolkien nerd https://theoldshelter.com/

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