Last Wednesday I made a post about editing and revising entitled: Bane of the Author: Editing and Revising. In that post, I mentioned that I sent a question to fantasy author, R.A. Salvatore. He is most famous for his Drow warrior, Drizzt Do’Urden, and has some infamy within the Star Wars community.
The question I asked was if he found that he did less editing and revising as his career progressed. As if he had locked down a style that flowed smoother from the beginning. I wasn’t that eloquent in the question due to nerves and I’m-Not-Worthy syndrome.
I have received the following reply from Mr. Salvatore:
“Usually, yes, but that comes in no small part from the fact that the mechanics of what I do are pretty much set within tighter parameters now. Also, since I’m writing many of the same characters, I know them intimately – they can’t act “out of character.”
This is quite telling. An author who makes a career of a core of characters and in the same setting can find it easier to get into a permanent groove. A character that you’ve been writing for 16 years (Drizzt debuted in 1988) will be easier to work with and you won’t have to go back and fix them. They’re set in your mind and accessing their voice is second-nature.
I’d like to publicly thank Mr. Salvatore for taking the time to answer my question. This makes up for ‘The Last Threshold’ constantly beating me down in the Amazon Listings. 😀 So, what do people think of his response?