I don’t read mystery novels. But many of my favorite fantasy books have an element of mystery to them. How does Thomas Covenant use his white gold ring without using his white gold ring? Why does the wardrobe take Lucy to the Lamp Post? Who killed Asmodean? Why can Errand touch the Orb of Aldur? And so on.
I think you know where I’m going with this.
Some say that I tend to over-write. I use six words when three would suffice. I think they’re right. But from another perspective, I let a lot of The Proving go untold… for the reader to figure out.
At last count, I left about a dozen big gaps in the story. Odds are, in other words, that a discerning reader will think, “ooooh, Kevin missed that…”, but there’s a good chance that the reader has stumbled upon an intentional gap. Some of these involve the big picture story arc that will eventually fill nine books. Some involve characters with hidden motives. Some are really obvious. But some can easily be missed if the text is only casually read.
Can’t wait to see what “gaps” the early readers find!
Until next time,