Good News…and Not-So-Good News…

So, the good news is that I am wholly focusing on my last round of edits and rewrites to Rose.  As usual, it’s gone slower than I might like, but I feel like the time and quality have been above par.  I am both happy and unhappy with my progress.  This is due in no small part to the fact that I spent so much time away from it, so I feel like I am coming at it truly fresh…which leads in to the bad news.

The bad news is, that I’m far more dissatisfied than I would’ve hoped.  Don’t misunderstand—none of my displeasure is based on the characters, the plots, or the theme.  In fact, in rereading it, I am very please with those things.  Having to change any of them would have really upset me.

Instead, the real problems like in the technical aspects of writing a first-person story.  Generally speaking, you find first-person used primarily in crime and mystery novels, certainly not in fantasy.  That was probably my primary reason for writing it like I did.  The second reason was that I was certain that if I’d written it third person, a lot of the mystery and intrigue would have disappeared, and that Rose herself would have been a far less sympathetic character.  That said, while my intentions were good, my execution was, shall we say, less than flawless: exceedingly so.

Shortly after beginning my edits, I was haunted by the abundant use of “I” throughout the story.  “I saw,” “I said,” “I thought,” all shouted at me with each paragraph I read.  The proliferation of “I” across the entirety of the story slowly drove me mad.  I’d unwittingly fallen into the first of many common pitfalls of first-person writing.  I was not pleased.
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    T.M. Lennon currently lives in North Carolina. His passion for science-fiction and fantasy was influenced by Star Wars in 1977 and The Lord of the Rings novels, which he read at an early age. He created the world of Eörlond in his teens for a fantasy role-playing game, and it has grown ever since.

    The one-time a soldier, systems engineer, and software developer, now adds author to his list of credentials. He continues to work during the day as an information technology consultant, but spends his precious little free time evolving the land of Eörlond and its inhabitants in front of his trusty laptop.