Narrative flow is important for keeping your reader engaged in the plot. You want to keep driving them forward to the next event or next reveal. There are times, though, when it’s okay to reveal something, then step back in time to explain how you got there. This was a major piece of the Disney movie, Emperor’s New Groove. It was also a narrative style used in Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians series. Ley’s use of first-person omniscient played well into using this as a plot device. It also led to using it more than was necessary.
Another piece of editing that the hosts wanted to demonstrate was the role of the editor to look for continuity errors. Having someone else take that step back to look at the work objectively is vital. Ley, though a plotter, still changed elements of her book through the process of self-editing. Leigh was able to find and fix those holes during her editing process.
In this episode, the hosts analyze the first book in the Modakku Anthologies, Fog and Flame. This episode does contain spoilers. If you haven’t read it yet, you can find on Amazon.
First aired July 15, 2021.