Book: Keeper of the Sword (The Sword of Kings) by John Ricecategories: Book, Legend, Prophecy, Adventure, Epic, Battle, Death, Journey, War, Ships, Sailing, Kidnapped, Fantasy
John Riceabout this book: I began writing Keeper of the Sword in the winter of 2007, without having any formal training as a writer, only with a belief I had an interesting story to tell. My plunge into the writing game, my first serious one began with an attempt to write a play, because I believed that it had to be easy. After all, the only things required to do this are, a few names, made up or otherwise, a plot, and a couple of scenes in which to develop characters, and advance the story. Or so I believed.
Armed with this naivety and without any concept I began my writing journey. After completing the play, "Music Box Dancers, and believing it was the best thing since Death of a Salesman, I started in on another one, which for the most part wrote its self.
Now, believing that I had to be the next Hemingway, Shakespeare, and Tolkien all rolled into one package I completed a couple of short stories, a book of poetry. Then I jumped into writing Keeper of the Sword, without the benefit of a lifeguard, any concept of grammar, spelling, punctuation or any other of the finer points of coherent creative writing, like similes, metaphors, or modifiers.
I did have a plan and a rudimentary concept of how a book had to go together. Knowing, believing that I was embarking on the most incredible literary adventure ever conceived by the human mind I laid out my chapter titles like bricks for a new house. I spent hours searching for the right names and now armed with invincible shiny armor I began my journey to the misty lands searching for the elusive keeper of the sword.
Two months later, and still believing my book would end up not only on a best seller list but be touted as the greatest fantasy story ever written, I wrote the end, and began sending out crude query letters. I was fortunate to find a few kind editors, who not only pointed out that they had children who knew more about punctuation than I did, but also gave me advice on how to correct my mistakes.
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