Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Finishing touches

I was trying to think of a clever analogy for what I'm doing with the edits but I can't. Instead I'll tell you plainly: it involves an atlas, discussions with my daughter about horse endurance and realising, even at this late stage, I missed some things.

The friar in Romeo and Juliet says to Romeo: they stumble that do run fast.

He's right. Though it may not have been for the best reasons (ill health, family concerns) that this last book has been delayed, it's a better book as a result of the time it's taken.

We read books very quickly in relation to how long it takes the writer to create it. And, we have high expectations as to the quality of the writing, the credibility of the narrative and the absence of mistakes. So we should.

I think historical fiction demands even more time - even if the writer is well-versed in the time period for which they are writing.

These are not excuses as to why it's taking so long but just an explanation and I am pleased with the outcome: the timbre and rhythm of the prose; the development of characters; the action; the twists and wee surprises. And, of course, the ending.


J.T. Webster said...

Ooh, yes! I've made the odd horse move as swiftly as Pegasus too. ;)
I'm sooo looking forward to reading this book.

TK Roxborogh said...

People who don't use horses perhaps don't know that, though they are strong and fit, they have to be ridden appropriately when going fast and/or long distances. For example, in an endurance race, the rider dismounts and runs down a hill with the horse, holding his reins. This serves to rest the horse and help him keep his balance, rest the rider! believe it or not and they both help to steady each other as they make the descent. Not that I've written any of that in the book - it was just interesting to learn. And, that 100k in a day is quite do-able on horseback.