How to Write Gorgeous Prose - Part One

Have you ever listened to a public speaker who sounded like James Bond? Didn’t it seem like you could listen to them forever just because their accent was so cool? They could have been lecturing on the dangers of pesticide use in Midwestern strawberry farms and you wouldn’t have cared—every word they said was like velvet on your ears.


In this post series, we're going to learn how to sound like that—as writers.

The mining town saw the danger and turned tail, but already the huge caterpillar tracks under London were starting to roll faster and faster. Soon the city was lumbering in hot pursuit, a moving mountain of metal that rose in seven tiers like the layers of a wedding cake, the lower levels wreathed in engine smoke, the villas of the rich gleaming white on the higher decks, and above it all the cross on top of St. Paul's Cathedral glinting gold, two thousand feet above the ruined earth.

— Excerpt from Mortal Engines, by Philip Reeve