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The English tradition

26 January 2016

The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel, where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life, the circumstances of the crime and, most important, the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character.

Elizabeth George

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4 Comments to “The English tradition”

  1. I think I’ve got something similar going with my currently stalled Fantasy Sleuthing Duo series. I’ve definitely got the emotional aspects of the detectives’ personal lives, the circumstances of the crime, and the atmosphere of the city-state that functions as another character.

  2. Currently stalled?

    • My bipolar dictates my writing focus, unfortunately. I used to be one of those writers who could focus on one project from beginning to end, but not since the bipolar developed. This is so irresistable that I once spent about three years focused solely on a genre I love to read but hate to write, even though I can do it fairly well, and I finally gave up on that genre and forced myself to “shelve” it after I spent most of 2012 in a depressive funk because I couldn’t think up any fantasy ideas. I also experience this depressive funk if I attempt to stick with any fantasy story when my creative mind has moved away from it, and eventually shelve all my fantasy until I remember that I have to go with what my creative mind wants to work on at any given time, even if all it wants to do is have a downswing where I don’t write at all. I’m a lot mentally healthier if I go with the flow, though I do wish I could regain the ability to focus on one project at a time. For me, mental illness is definitely more of a hindrance than the mythological creativity booster it’s “supposed” to be.

  3. So the English detective novel is like science fiction: the world is another character. 🙂

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