Once again, and thanks for coming back for another issue of The Plotstains Perspective. This time, I’d like to talk about the way we perceive our writing compared to how people outside our circles sometimes perceive it. In addition, I will discuss a new way in which you can read Shadows Rise.
On with my perspective.
In Shadows Rise 2.06 (click the link to avoid spoilers), Dani and Lena step out of camp for the first time to gather some information on a village that might be helping the Wolf Hunters. It didn’t take too long for us to figure out that they are, in fact, the same people who Sebastian and Kyle stayed with during the hourglass ritual. In fact, Lena stands, looking at the same hourglass which has grains of sand inside to commemorate the deaths of the twins’ family. All of this is very interesting and gives me the impression that we may be close to seeing our friends from the first arc again.
How close is Lena to gathering the information she needs to track down these people who are hunting the assassins? With every chapter, we come closer to finding out, but I’m not sure we’re there quite yet. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
My first readthrough of the chapter went really well this time. Thankfully, I thought, there wasn’t much that needed changing. Some sentences could use some clarity, additional ‘scene dressing’ needed sprinkling in here and there; but other than that, the chapter flowed almost perfectly. Or so I thought. As I’d mentioned in my perspective of 2.05, Blackbird didn’t want me to read any of the chapter until she was entirely finished writing, which broke from the tradition in which I eagerly read the chapter as she writes. Unbeknownst to me, she wanted to know if I gleaned certain details from the chapter which she didn’t make obvious.
To those of you licking your lips, expecting me to spill the beans, I’m not going to do that. If you didn’t see it for yourself, you’ll have to wait until later to find out any exact details.
When Blackbird asked me about this detail after reading, I had to do a double take. I couldn’t for the life of me accept that what she’d written showed me what she was attempting to convey. In fact, I saw the opposite all together. Because of this one detail, this chapter changed from nearly perfect to needing a serious reconsideration. A reconsideration which I fought pretty hard to have implemented.
The problem was that characters weren’t reacting in ways which were conducive to what Blackbird was trying to convey. Now, without knowing what I’m talking about, you might consider this to be purposeful misdirection, but it wasn’t. At least, not in the way Blackbird would intend it to be.
What I think it came down to was that Blackbird knew how the characters were thinking and figured that the answer would be obvious enough to readers. Of course, I’m not Blackbird, so I can only speak for myself on the matter, but I know there have been times in my writing where I assume the reader knows as much as I do. In doing this, though, the reader becomes lost because they can’t know the character’s thoughts with such intimacy unless they’re written out on the page. In a character-driven story, like Shadows Rise, this is incredibly important. Characters’ thoughts need to be known or else the reasons for their actions will feel arbitrary later on.
At the end of the day, we came to a compromise. Not exactly as far as I would have liked to take it, but far enough so that when I showed it to another friend, they understood what was happening after I asked them a couple of questions and provided context behind the scene.
Did you hear that? With enough attention to detail, you, too, might be able to catch what I’m talking about. I’ll be able to explain more later, if I feel it necessary, but rest assured, you’ll know what I’m talking about eventually.
Now, onto my exciting news. Shadows Rise is now on mobile! That’s right. You can read Shadows Rise even if your computer dies in the middle of a global pandemic! What joy!
Last month, we were contacted by the friendly creators of Neovel. Neovel is a platform that allows writers like Blackbird and I share our content on a platform designed with readers in mind. Change the font size, the colour of the text and background, leave comments, and enjoy thousands of different stories. From talking to the creators, they’ve got a lot of cool things planned for the future. One such thing includes hiring translators to translate stories. This is something Blackbird and I have dreamt about, but never thought we’d have the time to do ourselves unless we were able to write full time.
The service is free with ads or you can pay $2.99/m for the premium (beta) option which removes ads, and allows you to read select stories offline (including Shadows Rise). Either way, by reading Shadows Rise on Neovel, money from ad revenue and premium subscriptions goes, in part, to us. So if you like Shadows Rise and indie writing content, this is a great way to help support us and writers like us.
Currently it is available in the Play Store for Android. You can click on the link or search, “Neoread” in the store to find it. If you use IOS or want to read on your computer, you can find it through the web by searching, ‘neoread.neovel.io’.
If you need to catch up on Shadows Rise, this is a great time to do so because we are posting a new chapter every day until we’ve caught up. So far, we’ve got 1.01 all the way to 1.12 posted. If you aren’t sure, here’s a quick look at what the web version of Neoread looks like.
With all of that out of the way, we’ve reached the end of my perspective this time around. Until next time, see you around.