I think this happens because of a particular technique I enjoy using. I call it using supporting characters to tell pieces of the main characters story. In this way you can get a different perspective, bring out some of your supporting characters more fully and it allows you to save the main character focus for specific things, while still getting the overall story out that you want.
When I’m reading a book I enjoy a number of different type of perspectives when it comes to telling a story. One of my favorite has always been a first-person-discovery perspective when it comes to the main hero/heroine, but from a friend of mine named Shannon I’ve learned that many people find this first-person-discovery perspective boring or simple old school. Now I understand there are all kinds of readers out there that enjoy a bunch of different types of writing styles, but after asking around with the people I work with on what perspectives they enjoyed it seemed like Shannon had a good point. Many people like a point-of-view that jumps around to different characters during the story. This works for me too and I’ve found it can be a great tool to use for enhancing the story of the main character. Sometimes it’s amazing just how much these little asides can help the overall story flow and filling in the gaps.
I have another friend who really enjoys that first-person-discovery perspective like I do. Luckily this style that I’m writing in still gives a flavor of that too. I think this is a good way to expand your audience and make both types of readers happy. In Destiny I needed to introduce the world of Irlendria, which meant bringing to life the world and new supporting characters with their own story to tell. Also, another point brought up by a few friends of mine and from some of the websites of other writers I enjoy checking is that people love discovering the world that you’ve created. For this, I like to think about JRR Tolkien and the Lord of The Rings and how he introduced his world and races. Although I’m not spending as much time on the landscape of the world like he did in the Middle Earth, I am introducing aspects of the world through the interaction of the new races and the supporting characters that I am introducing to the story.
Like I said in earlier posts, the book is turning out longer then I initially expected. There is a lot of story to tell and I hate to skip through important parts just to get to the point where I’ve planned to end the story at. There is just so much to tell. I’ve have done my best to focus on the exciting parts of what’s going on within the world. None the less, time must flow especially with the time difference between Earth and Irlendria. One day on Irlendria is a day and a half long on Earth, which means the time between worlds will grow and affect the overall story. Another component that I have to keep in perspective.
Anyway, that’s all for now. I’ll be back on my normal schedule next week. Well, except for the holiday on Monday. I hope everyone enjoys there long weekend.