Update on the Special Edition

Well, I’m putting the finishing touches on the appendices for the special edition. It’s not been easy, for sure, but I believe folks will be pleased with the result.

The appendices are very revealing and will help the reader to better understand the world of the Harrow. An outline of the appendices was started early on in the crafting of the tale. This was necessary to ensure continuity. I think most readers will be fascinated with the tenets of the I’ Ra Heru and how they drive the noble race of felines, the Ra Cath.

But getting to the end-point is never easy or quick.

I try to write each day but with a full time job it is difficult. Lately, I am up at 4:30 or 5:00 AM each day. My routine is a simple one. I read the news and check my work email. I then will check email pertaining to my books. Lastly, I try to write at least 500 words. Rarely do I meet my goal. Then, after a long day of work I return home and again complete the same routine. Maybe, just maybe I will write 500 words in a day when I should be writing 1,000 and more.

Such is life, pressing all kinds of burdens on each of us. Yet, the burden of writing fiction is most arduous. Let me explain, and let's start here . . .

Why do you read novels? They won’t teach you how to solve the annoying problems of your life, or help you manage your finances better.

We read fiction to escape the world for a little while – to escape the limits of our own experience, our own perspective, our own consciousness. When we open a novel, we’re looking, above all, for a story that matters to us.

That’s why fiction writers have it so tough.

When I’m writing a single scene in a novel, there’s so much to be done. The characters need to feel real – they need to live and breathe on the page. The scene needs to be paced correctly – not too fast, not too slow. The dialogue has to sound natural, without actually being natural. The voice needs to be mine – but filtered through the head of a character that might be nothing like me. The plot has to be moved on.

So you see, writing fiction takes time and rewriting takes focused effort and even more time.

Stories can be strong and powerful, but one mistake in continuity, in fact, in balance, in punctuation—one mistake in any element—can destroy the reader’s suspension of disbelief. Whether it’s the absence of an element that should be there, the presence of an element that shouldn’t be there, or a mistake in the portrayal of some element, a single problem in fiction can ruin the reader’s enjoyment of the story.

There are so many ways for a story to go wrong that it’s a true wonder when stories so often go right, when the elements combine to form a believable world of never-before-imagined people and events.

I’m saying that writing fiction is hard because there are so many moving parts. You touch one, and they all go wobbling. Therefore you’ve got to learn not only how to manipulate all the fiction elements and the basic writing elements, but you’ve got to learn how a change in one story component affects every other component.

But no fear, in time the story can be revealed.

It's all about patience!