The War Wolf – Let’s Read and Discuss

Starting at the beginning seems like a very good idea. It occurred to me that my writing style has changed significantly over the years. I have learnt a lot when it comes to writing, it would be a shame if I could not say that. Of course, I am mindful of the fact that different genres can require different styles of writing. Historical Fiction, especially in my Saxon Trilogy, is more descriptive. I discovered a need for this when friends read my early manuscript. It is easy to assume that everyone knows what Saxons wore into battle or how they dressed on special occasions, but the truth is, not everyone does. I realised that I needed to describe even certain common-day articles so that those readers who knew little of the Anglo-Saxon world understood what I was talking about. Other genres, Science Fiction or Thrillers for example, tend to require less descriptive passages and move more quickly as a consequence.

The first novel that I wrote was ‘The War Wolf’ so this is where I want to begin this series. I have attached below a pdf file version of the opening prologue to the book. Please, download it, read it, and then come back to me to discuss any points that you may have.

I will publish each chapter in turn and follow them with some comments of my own. I look forward to hearing from you.

One thought on “The War Wolf – Let’s Read and Discuss

  1. The prologue was just about the last thing that I wrote when completing The War Wolf. In the first version the book opened with Harold Godwinson’s flight to Westminster on the evening of King Edward’s death. Almost universally, my beta readers commented that although the passages were good they actually lacked tension and left a gap of many months between that event, in January, and the following events in September. I agreed.
    I think that the attack on Grim’s By actually illustrates the rest of the novel very well. Tostig is shown at probably his worst. Coenred has the chance to show his quality and his relationship to Edwin and Morcar is set out. It also relates to a future meeting between Coenred and Mildryth in a chapter that follows. Of course, such a dramatic and violent opening also works as a hook to catch the reader’s attention. I liked it so much that I repeated this kind of opening in the other two books of the trilogy.

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