It occurred to me during the course of this week, just how important it is for the reader to find the pages of a novel turning by themselves, with a minimum of effort required to maintain engagement with the plot.
As I make my way through the final amendments of the last chapter, agonising over words and sentence structure, looking to gain the right balance between information and immediacy, I am struck by the power of changing just one word.
Yesterday the porcess made me reach for my favourite novel, my inspiration: Dandelion Wine. Just look at the poetry in Ray Bradbury’s prose and you realise what a mountainous task it is to get the feel of a book just right.
Hopefully, by the time the paperback of A Shadow Falls becomes available, the words will flow swan like across the page, with no indication of the hours of labour that have gone in to ‘getting it right.’ I’m no Ray Bradbury, but I’d like to say that at long last I am happy with the tone and feel of the novel.
This is my way again of saying, please be patient – we’re nearly there and its going to be worth the wait!
I’m also excited to report that Tom Roden-Farmer’s early drafts of the map look bang on the money. It’s great to see Rhoderica coming to life through the eyes and interpretation of another.
Up the Elves!