FYMP Podcast #20 – Why Epic Book Series’ Get Worse & The Psychology of Success

In this episode we try to answer the question of why epic book series’ tend to get worse as they get further along. We also discuss the pressures and psychological effects of success on writers, what it takes to maintain productivity and motivation as a human being, and the incredible value of being bad at things.

Timestamp Recap
(03:28) Too big to succeed: why do epic series’ fail?
(07:41) What attracts us to them?
(11:07) What tends to go wrong?
(13:36) 2 separate issues – depth vs. breadth
(20:54) Another issue – Inspiration drought
(24:07) The money trap
(28:00) The importance of defining scope
(35:45) What does it take to be a writer?
(39:30) The benefits of getting good at sucking

Stories Discussed
Creators – Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, J.R.R. Tolkien
Games – Bloody Roar
Books – Wheel of Time, Game of Thrones, The Eye of the World, The Dark Tower, Harry Potter, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, The Dragon Reborn

Dis/Honorable Mention
Movies – The Last Samurai
Creators – Nora Roberts, Gregg Hurwitz
Books – Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, A Feast for Crows, A Dance with Dragons
Comics – The Hedge Knight
Manga – Naruto

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