• Writing

    Breaking the Rules

    I seem to have a habit of breaking the rules. Most of the guidance I’ve read about writing suggest that the cast of characters for a novel should be limited in number. I started with a limited cast, but as the story has come out, there just are more people involved that I initially thought. I started with Edward, the middle-aged mapmaker. And I had a “villian,” though I’ve come to use the term loosely as I’ve developed him, a king called Cartok. I discovered that Edward has a guard assigned to him, Welter, who has become more well-rounded and versatile the more I learn. And there’s a brother and…