Too Much Fun with Writing

Philip HarrisThe Ghost Smuggler, Writing, Writing AdviceLeave a Comment

The new draft of The Ghost Smuggler that I’m writing at the moment is definitely a very different beast – hopefully a better beast. There’s the switch from third person to first person which is obviously a significant change but there’s other things as well. There’s less traveling for a start. I noticed during the first draft (and this was reinforced by some of Jeff VanderMeer’s feedback) that I have a tendency to fill in all the gaps in a timeline. If characters need to get from A to B, well, I need to talk about that and all that travelling gets boring very quickly. That’s not happening any more. I’ve also moved some of the scenes to different locations so that there isn’t any travelling in the first place. In the book, our hero, Kaei, is hired to find someone in the mines under the desert city of Karabar. Originally Kaei travelled across the city to accept the job, then travelled to meet another character that was going to help him, then walked back across the city again to get to the mines. Now, everyone meets up in one place and heads out to the mines from there. Much better. The … Read More