The Just City by Jo Walton
Inspiring. I could not imagine daring to try to write dialog for Greek gods and long-dead philosophers, but she did, and does it brilliantly.
Made me miss my days as a philosophy major, and that’s a good thing.
Three things I learned about writing:
- Long explanations of things are ok, but only after the reader has come to know the characters, and care about them.
- Switching first-person narrators is fine, so long as you keep the number of them down and clearly label each chapter so we know which character is speaking.
- Sense of place can come through not just by food and clothing, but architecture and leisure activities as well.