A brief discussion on the difficulty in choosing what to keep or cut when writing a book based on fact.
An excerpt from chapter one: Loyalty concerning the outlaw Kelly brothers and their siblings.
A brief update on the progress of the novel.
A discussion about the difficulties that pose considerable setbacks in writing and editing.
A brief discussion on the use of symbolism in ‘Glenrowan’.
The core of the Glenrowan story is Ned Kelly. Everything that occurs is either directly or indirectly linked to him and his decisions. Naturally this should position him as the protagonist of the story, though protagonist usually implies that character is the “good guy”. As I’ve discovered, simplistic terms like “good”, “bad”, “hero”, or “villain” are just completely inadequate to describe someone as complex as Edward Kelly.
Right now I’m in the process of doing my final edit of Glenrowan in preparation for publishing. I’ve lost count of how many edits I’ve done, but I think it’s at least three or four big edits since I completed the first draft of the whole book. It’s a very important and painstaking process. The […]
Aidan Phelan discusses the challenge of working out what to keep in snd what to take out when adapting history into a narrative text.