Creation of an epic – 22

And the process has continued.  As the incidents grew, evolved, changed, the meanings they suggested also became clearer to me.  One of the first most important issues was that any narration made no comment except to convey the action, settings and the mood.  Meanings emerged through the characters themselves—they could…

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Creation of an epic – 28

But this is not the end of the story. By the time you read this, there will be an eBook version of Books One and a forthcoming Book Two, as well as audiobooks of them (the audio version of my website has been removed). Hopefully, Book Three, Archer, will be…

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Creation of an epic – 27

The final stage, once a publisher has been found, is the transformation of the manuscript into the copy ready to be printed. In the case of Odysseus, when my website was created, a draft was put on it, along with maps, some of which were animated, and during the year…

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Creation of an epic – 26

So the grinding work began.  Douglas Campbell carefully checked spelling and grammatical errors while Carolyn started on the substantive editing.  I went through line by line, sometimes adjusting metre, sometimes rewriting or cutting segments for clarification or for adding new possibilities.  This phase is one in which any change may…

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Creation of an epic – 25

That first draft took the form of a manuscript in which the three stories were arranged to be followed simultaneously:  Canto One of the first would be followed by Canto One of the second, then Canto One of the third.  The manuscript was so large that I had to bind…

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Creation of an epic – 24

So the grinding work began.  Douglas Campbell carefully checked spelling and grammatical errors while Carolyn started on the substantive editing.  I went through line by line, sometimes adjusting metre, sometimes rewriting or cutting segments for clarification or for adding new possibilities.  This phase is one in which any change may…

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Creation of an epic – 23

There are many phases to the creation of a large work—or, for that matter, of any serious work:  the shock of revelation that provokes the need to create the artistic response; the period when the artist explores or gropes for, the implications of the provocation; the determination of the form…

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Creation of an epic – 21

But despite outlines and timetables, the epic developed its own life.  For example, new characters whom I had not anticipated suddenly appeared.  In the siege of a mountain fortress, a character emerged in the process—as the fortress was in the throes of being destroyed, Odysseus’ son Telemachus discovered a girl…

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Creation of an epic – 20

Well, the first thing was to accept that it would take years.  And the second thing was to work out a rough timetable.  My goal became to write a canto a month—in other words, to write at least thirty pages a month—approximately a page of poetry a day. Now, you…

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Creation of an epic – 19

It is a strange feeling to create characters and scenes and find that they take on their own life, live in your mind.  I can honestly say that I wrote down what I heard them say and described where I saw them and how they acted—and all this in the…

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