Christopher Paolini gives fans a look at sketches and doodles created while writing ‘Brisingr’ — by hand!

brisingr-blotter-christopher-paolini-headerChristopher Paolini has made no secret of the fact that he wrote much of Brisingr by hand — a impressive feat when considering the book’s task when you consider the ~250,000 words that make up the book’s 763 pages. While writing the book, the author kept the same blotting pad — a large pad used to blot the ink from his many fountain pens. From chracter sketches to doodles — and even a random “Brisingr!” — the blotter gives us an interesting glimpse into the mind of a pen-and-paper writer working on an epic fantasy novel:

Christopher was kind enough to tweet a number of close-ups, showing off the blotter’s varying contents, which we’ve assembled into a gallery for easy viewing:

Replying to a fan who asked about the mustached man in one of the sketches, Christopher replied:


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