It’s kind of like Tibet…

My mom finished reading the first draft of Dragon today, and her feedback mirrored what I’ve heard from other readers.  One of the big things that is confusing has to do with the “other” realm in the story, Erova.  When an elf shows up and tells the main character Ann that she’s really a dragon, not a human, and she should go to Erova to study, Ann agrees immediately.  This is a “Wait, what?” moment for many people.   If an elf showed up and told you all of this, it might take some more explanation.  There are elves?  You want me to go where?

The thing I have not successfully conveyed at the beginning of the book is that Erova is like Tibet.  You know it’s there.  You occasionally see Buddhist monks.  But you never really think you’ll get to visit.  Swap out elves for monks and you have Erova, at least to the people in my story.

I just need to find a way to make that clearer earlier in the book…

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate Ferguson Writes
    Jan 22, 2012 @ 18:56:21

    Sounds like you’re taking the feedback very constructively! Good for you 🙂 All the best with tidying up the loose ends.

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