I'm novelist Justin Edison. Ever wanted to play God/Goddess and create a fun new world for your characters? Ask Me Anything.

Justin Edison
Jan 9, 2018

How to craft a world? I had to create two--one of them physical--for my first science fiction book, Endgame. We've got a winter planet where the sky changes from light green to purple at noon, and where the whales 'walk' on land to go after golf cart-sized crattles. The war with the Mitasterites has its own set of rules and layers of complexity. Are you setting the story under the ocean, or in a giant hollowed-out peach? As the author, it's up to you to define it all. It's brainstorming with a purpose, and it's a ton of fun!



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What are the challenges of doing this type of book? And what's the most fun part?

Jan 9, 10:20PM EST0

You are a novelist by profession, what genres do you generally work with and what made you launch a science fiction book?

Jan 9, 9:54PM EST0

When creating a science fiction book, how much research do you do?

Jan 9, 9:42PM EST0

What are your goals for your writing career?

Jan 9, 9:12PM EST0

Do you plan to do a sequel or a series?

Jan 9, 8:58PM EST0

How can readers discover more about you and your work?

Jan 9, 8:48PM EST0

What do you do to get book reviews?

Jan 9, 8:41PM EST0

How many pages are there and how long did it take you to finish writing the Endgame?

Jan 9, 8:15PM EST0

Thank you for joining me and the AMA community this afternoon/evening.

A little about myself. I've been penning stories and fiction for about thirty years. Yes, you'd have to discount the entire first four years (all those Transformers stories and DragonLance extension tales). Eventually, things like character and conflict and emotion started to show up, and I started getting somewhere. I've made a ton of mistakes, and I'll make a ton more. But I consider that part of the process.

Jan 9, 8:07PM EST0

Hello Everybody! I hope you're all doing well and are avoiding the flu which has hammered us here in the Pacific Northwest!

Jan 9, 8:01PM EST0

Give us an insight about how you create your characters.

Jan 9, 6:21PM EST0

What is a typical day for a novelist? Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

Jan 9, 3:46PM EST0

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Jan 9, 3:19PM EST0

How do you promote your books?

Jan 9, 12:26PM EST0

What other genres do you want to explore?

Jan 9, 8:42AM EST0

How long does it take you to do brainstorming? And how do you pump up those creative juices?

Jan 9, 5:40AM EST0

Do you ever get writer's block?

Jan 9, 5:04AM EST0

I am a lucky S.O.B. I don't get it.

I'm always working on 3-4 things at a time, so it's kind of like my brain says, 'Change the channel, switch gears.'

I advise that for all writers. I think it's healthy. If you're utterly stuck writing a mother-daughter shouting match, turn around and write about talking flowers or farting unicorns, anything different.

Jan 9, 8:56PM EST0

What was your influence for writing Endgame?

Jan 9, 3:49AM EST0

Any advice you can share to aspiring authors out there?

Jan 9, 3:45AM EST0

Yes, this is a game of perserverance. My professor Judith Katz said you have to believe you're the only one who could write this story, that you have to believe in what you're doing. That's huge.

The biggest problem with writing, or any artistic endeavor (from what I hear) is the doubt. Monstrous nagging doubt. 'You're wasting your time. You're not good enough and never will be.' All that kaka.

You just have to find a way to get past all that, even though it's hard.

When Chris Cornell took his own life in May, that hit me pretty hard. I blogged about it. Here was an example of what happens when someone ultimately doesn't get by it. David Foster Wallace, a literary genius. Same thing. It's tragic.

So, play the music you love--whatever does it for you. Get fresh air, bounce ideas of friends or loved ones--and keep going!

Jan 9, 8:53PM EST0

Do you have a writer you look up to?

Jan 9, 3:44AM EST0

Many of them. I learned conversation and drama from Andre Dubus Sr. ("Broken Vessels" and "Dancing After Hours.") Bradbury for amazing insight and details. Mark Bowden and Sebastian Junger are the best at nonfiction. Too many other good ones to name at once.

Jan 9, 8:46PM EST0
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