I am halfway through the deep editing/re-writing of "Darkness Reaching" - a paranormal horror novel. I am surprised at the amount of errors I had in it. Anyone that read the original must have thought I was an idiot. I realize it shouldn't be of any surprise, after all I wrote its narration in the third person and then just before it was finished, I changed its narration to the first person. This required noun, pronoun and verb changes throughout the book. On my first go, I thought I had got them all changed and the sentences fixed. But when you don't put it away for awhile, you tend to not notice all the sentences in err.
I dropped the pen name I originally had for the novel, "Nathan Kane." I really didn't like that pen name and I don't know what compelled me to use it. I decided to use my name, "J.K. James." The copyright office knows the difference (that they are the same author holding rights). As far as the title, I am not sure if I am going to keep "Darkness Reaching" or change it. I haven't got a definitive answer if I change the author name in that I have to change the title as well, being 100% rights are retained (and the fact they are the same person). I really like the title, "Darkness Reaching" and don't want to change it. Another title name I have been thinking about for it is: "Shadow's Reach." But it doesn't have the same effect I think. The key to the title is it has to be original, as the book is a product. It must jump out and perfectly label the story, which "Darkness Reaching" does whereas "Shadow's Reach" almost does. Any other alternative title I have considered, really doesn't do it.
As I mentioned previous in older posts, I dropped the first three chapters. Doing this, I got my "hook" back to lure the reader in wanting more and read the book. The first edition, I had written three chapters of background and build up to the story. This lost the attention of the reader, because quite frankly - it had some confusing and boring parts to it.. I also changed the twist in the story that I had that began in the first chapter that tied into the last chapter. Many readers felt this left them hanging too much in a cliffhanger and left too many unanswered questions. So I actually removed that from the story and changed it, so there is a resolution at the ending. I won't say anymore about that as to not spoil it for anyone.
I also changed the flow of the story overall and dropped a lot of details I had previously had in it. I did this to help the reader relate more with the main character by allowing them to "fill in the blanks" themselves.
Besides having a huge amount of grammar issues because of changing the narration style in the story, I have a really great story to tell. One I believe will stick to people, years after they've read it. My biggest problem was: I didn't tell it well enough. I truly believe I have fixed all that and now have a truly enjoyable and great book now. One people will have trouble putting down and be happy they read.
♥ J. K. James
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Novel "Darkness Reaching" closer to completion.
Njord Kane is an infantry and cavalry veteran who also served in law enforcement just prior to entering into the world of academia where he pursued the disciplines of military science, social psychology, and anthropology. Having left his profession, he now takes care of his adult autistic sons at home while passionately writing about early Norse and Mesoamerican culture and history at spangenhelm.com and readicon.com. Kane is also the author of numerous books including, The Vikings, The Maya, and The Viking Hero Series.