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Few actors go to the movies. For one thing ... like seamtresses, they can see the seams in each part of what makes up the movie.
In like manner, writers tend to see the seams, too.
I've been reading Jim Butcher's GHOST STORY ... and I'm seeing the seams.
He wanted to write epic S.F. and Space Fantasy. He backed into Harry Dresden.
I think he wants out, just wrapping up loose ends and going through the motions. But when a great writer goes through the motions, he can still tell a great story.
The seams just show.
In the beginning, you can see him pushing against the inertia of his heart not being in the novel :
He stretches the beginning as if forcing himself to write.
He introduces new characters, putting off bringing in the family of characters that the reader has been worried about since the cliff-hanger ending of the last novel.
He's almost a fourth of the way into the book, and he is just now getting to the stuff loyal fans have been waiting to find out.
You lose readers like that.
Eric, a friend at work, tossed the book, saying, "He's lost it. He's just writing to fulfil a contract."
GHOST STORY took months and months longer than was promised. I can see why. The fire is gone.
The story is building momentum finally. But I feel like I've been pushing a stalled car with Jim.
Have you ever felt like that with a writer? Has your enjoyment of the read been spoiled by spotting the seams, by being chilled by the lost fire of the author?
That has been said of Charlaine Harris. I gave up on the Sookie Stackhouse books a few titles ago.
Tell me of your similar experiences.