I know that this should be painfully obvious to me. And I suppose that I actually even realized it a while ago, somewhere in the back of my brain. But it was only this morning that it hit me.
People see stories in *very* different ways.
As I said, this should be obvious to me. What made it not so obvious is that, even after all this time, I’m still not used to thinking of myself as a writer. I have no idea why that makes a difference, but it does.
I received several emails from people about the latest chapter I posted. Some were a simple ‘thanks, well done’, while others went into depth about the plot, or commented on specific characters. Since I look at the story from a rather holistic point of view, I tend not to concentrate on any one character. Well, okay, maybe the main character and Arianwen. But you get my point. BTW, I love *all* your emails and it doesn’t matter to me if they’re one liners or several paragraphs. I also try to answer them all, unless the answer is dealt with in the blog.
I suppose that I shouldn’t have been surprised by the fact that people get different things out of the story. After all, I wrote another story called ‘The Law’ with a very specific purpose in mind. Some folks got it. Some were pissed off by it. And some *completely* missed the point. Don’t know if that was a failing on my part or not. As I’ve stated before, I’m not a pro 🙂
Now that I wrote this, I came up with a question for you guys: Which character do you like the best/least?