Monday, April 11, 2011

When Prose Changes Character

I’m not happy with my book* whilst on lunch break, so I’m updating the blog. :D

Rewrote the first real fight-scene in Weirs, which comes at the end of chapter six. Where I had originally dumped all this backstory on one of the characters, I left only a breadcrumb, and the rest of the backstory will come out much later in the book, at a more emotional and crazy time. Here’s hoping I don’t forget to do it. (I think I left myself a note . . .)

I’m shaving off bits and pieces of interaction between my protagonist and a side character, and I’m amazed at how just a few word snips changes their relationship. It’s much more closed off now, much less innocent. But I like it that way, and I think it will benefit the book in the long run, assuming I pull everything off the way I want to.

SIDE NOTE: If any of you know a good “quest” fantasy (besides Lord of the Rings), please let me know! My next project certainly falls into the lines of quest fantasy, and I’d like to read up on how others have pulled it off.

*I’m reading Pegasus by Robin Mckinley and not really feeling it. I’m 99% positive I’m not going to finish the book, especially since The Lies of Locke Lamora (anyone read that?) is on hold for me at the library. I’m finally on, and the reviews for it ain’t so great either, which makes me not want to continue on. :/


  1. The Shannara(sp?) books by Terry Brooks were definitely "quest fantasy". I liked them when I was a kid/teenager, but it's been so long that I'm not sure if I'd still consider them "good".

  2. I've never read the Shannara books, despite how popular they are. I should check them out--thanks!