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How much work you do at the beginning of a series, and how much happens during the process?

From: Raymond E. Feist
Date: 22 March 2009

I don't think I've answered this on the FAQ, however.  Simply put, I  don't have a clue about a lot of things that will show up in the  book.  This is a very long involved answer, which I'll digest.  I know  where the story is going to end, and I have a good idea what the high  points along the way are, as well as sort of a pace I need to get from  point to point.  After that I'm just making it up as I go.  I'm not  even certain at some points which characters will be utilized until I  get to a certain point; sometimes it's Pug saying, "You, you, and you,  go north.  The rest of you, hang here until I get back."  Often the  elements of the story compel certain choices, other times not.

That's the best I can give you, because it's a very organic process  that doesn't lend itself to description.

Best, R.E.F.

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