Recently, in my work-in-progress, I had to step back and compile a “bible” for a secret society I’ve created. I didn’t think I’d been all that technical when I laid it out in a previous book, DEFENDING DESTINY, but as it turns out, when writing rules, one doesn’t necessarily remember every detail. Hence the “bible.”
Do you like to write or read books in a series? How critical are you if a defining characteristic of a character or setting changes from book to book?
I’ve read eighteen books by a well-known author who only writes one character. When that character’s height changed by an inch in one of the books, I noticed. Did I stop reading? NO. But it did pull me out of the story.
Another bestselling author with many books in a series didn’t make an error in his fictional world from book to book – he did it in the first three pages of the same book. A female character went from being a redhead to a blonde, and NO ONE caught it. That book went on to sell millions of copies. I guess mistakes like that don’t kill the big boys.
I, for one, don’t think they should.
Still, I’ve built my “bible” and I’ll be building another as soon as THE MAGICIAN’S CHALICE has gone through my editor’s fine tooth comb.
Any mistake stories you’d like to share? After all, even writers are human.