Sunday Check-in

I’m not in ROW80 this round, but I decided to do a Sunday check-in anyhow.  (If you want to see what ROW80 is about, or how the other folks are faring after their first week, here’s the Blog List.)

I’ve made some great headway over the past couple of days on transcribing BD&L.  The reason it’s not simply re-typing and double-checking is because I’ve made some changes and additions.  I took out some very obvious “telling” scenes and made them “showing” scenes.  But, I’m on Chapter 8, so over half way done.

I’m also almost done reading Captives as well.  There are some books so well-crafted you just want to reach out and slap the authors.  That’s a good thing, really, and totally different from wanting to slap an author for making you waste your time on their tripe.  In the good, well-crafted smack-down, it means the authors have really sucked you in, they’ve made you care deeply about the world and the characters they’ve created.  That’s a double-edged sword.  As a reader, when you care about the characters, you don’t give a fig for the reality of the world they exist in.  You want them to come out of the tale whole and well.  Even if they go through some bad times, you hope they survive.

But that’s not life.  That can also be boring storytelling.  If there’s no tension, no risk of loss, there’s not a whole lot of reason to stay engaged and want to turn the next page.

I can guarantee, you’ll want to keep turning pages in the second book of The Druids Saga.  Next on my reading list, Show Dog by Josh Dean.

Write on!

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2 responses

  1. Thank you for the kind words about *Captives*. Can’t wait to see the revised BD&L!

    April 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

  2. Thanks for reminding me of the tension. Maybe I didn’t add enough in my first draft like I thought I did because despite the horrible things happening to the protagonist she always ends up ok. Maybe… I don’t know 🙂

    April 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

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