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Writing Prophecy Part 1

I’ve been putting my efforts into writing this very important prophecy this week, and it has made me realise that writing prophecy is harder than expected! (who’d have thunk it?) It’s getting there, I’m hoping that I’ll have something final (as final as drafts can be) tomorrow to share with you, but it has made me wonder how other people approach the same challenge!

Next week I will publish Part 2 of my prophecy-related progress and will put together a small, easy-to-remember check-list of things to consider, both for future-me and for anyone else trying to write prophecies 🙂

As a side-effect, trying to write something which will more or less summarise the entire book has brought me closer to finding a final title for my book. Tomorrow I may well include some of my favourites!

Have you written prophecies before? How do you approach it, and what advice would you give to a prophecy-noob like me? If you’ve never written prophecy before, how would you approach it if you did so now?


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  1. I haven’t written prophecy for my fantasy before, but for great examples of prophecy, you should check out William D. Burt’s King of the Trees series. Most of the books hinge on prophecy.

    • Thank you, I’ll have a look! You can never have too many books to read 🙂

      • Te Hobbit also hinged on prophecy. Te prophecy also added a time limit to their quest.

  2. […] A few weeks ago I was struggling to write the most important (and my first) prophecy for ‘Rise of the Sparrows’. It’s the one prophecy which summarises the whole book into a few neat, confusing lines, and the name-giver of this book, so I knew it had to be good! I realised very quickly that writing prophecy isn’t an easy feat (who’d have thought?), and have put together a small check-list for myself as I was going through this process (don’t worry, it’s a short list). […]

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