The Novice’s Tale
I’m delighted to announce publication of the second book in my new Oxford Medieval Mysteries series
I wrote this piece originally for History Girls, arising from my recent research, but it seemed to me that it contains much that will interest those who follow this blog, so here it is!
There are many ways in which a writer needs to think about time flow. We cannot write every moment of a story exactly as it happens, in every precise detail, for then a story covering a time span as short as a month would run to millions of words – impossible to write, equally impossible to read. We must be selective.
Sooner or later, most author-publishers start wondering whether they should also produce audiobook versions of their books. Audiobooks are becoming very popular, particularly in circumstances where they can make a rather boring activity more enjoyable, such as a long journey by car or public transport, or a regular workout at the gym. Recently a farmer mentioned that it relieved the boredom of sitting in a tractor all day. And for many years audiobooks have provided a door into the world of books for the blind and partially sighted, and others who must cope with the physical problems of reading from a book.
One of the first and most important decisions any author must make is what point of view should be used in telling the story, and whether to use first or third person. There are so many variants, and changing the point of view will change the whole tone and nature of the story.