I just finished Chapter 32, “Confronting Doom,” and this chapter really represents a transition for me as a writer. For a while, I was feeling guilty because “Stefan’s Owl from Oblivion” is getting so long. I was reluctant to say more because I still was feeling the page limit shackles of traditional publishing… the guilt trip they apply to all writers. But after a year of work, so far, on this revision pass of the book, I realized that already the book is eight to ten times longer than a publisher would like. They have to think of the cost since they are trying to sell to the lowest common denominator of readership. Frankly, those readers will never read this book, even if I gave it to them for free. Let me just say up front, this book can be difficult to read. Because it is Literary Fiction, the characterization, the details about the characters are an extremely in depth look at them, so much so that you will feel that you personally know them. This is one of the things that distinguishes Literary Fiction from Genre Fiction. Genre Fiction needs only enough details about the character so that you understand the plot. Its goal is to get somewhere. For Literary Fiction, you are taking a ride, for a period of time, on the lives of the characters. The goal is to feel what they feel and to fully understand their nature.
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