Saturday, July 7, 2012

Exploring the origin of the Barbarian

While getting part of "Barbarian Tales" ready to submit for one of my lessons, I decided to actually take a different track; to write the beginnings of the Barbarian in a separate story. There are clues to older histories in the world I am creating, and the wary reader will be able to hash them out. I don't want to explain in detail his family history, since he will not know it himself, so the readers will have to do some deductive reasoning. I am hoping this will lead to a deeper plot. I would like to think today's readers do not want everything spilled out on page; that they desire to make some of the discoveries for them selves and have a hand in discovering the world they imagine from what they read. Or, should I just put down in writing all the inferences I am making? 
     Since I have not gotten a single comment on any of my past posts, I am not really expecting one here. It would be nice, but let us be realists here. Obviously, my blogs are tiresome and no one really gives a damn about what I put here.


  1. This could be good depending on how much you want the reader to "search". Some will be wrapped up in the mystery and will debate amoungst themselves as to what the answers are. I would be careful not to shroud your hints with to much mystery to confuse the reader that may not have the imagination that the others may have.

  2. Just a thought... perhaps you could sprinkle your hints enough to spark the readers curiousity and tease them with just enough, but not put down everything until later in the book. Then introduce possibly an elderly character that has all the answers and know the reason for the secrecy.

  3. The "teases" are in place, and there is an elder who has been introduced and included in the events in the book. Although this elder remembers the Barbarian, the reverse is not so. The two will work together to accomplish the mission, and maybe along the way, the Barbarian could learn a little more of his lineage....?