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Greater Resolution

The way in which the tetralogy was written differed from the first three books by virtue of the time available to write them. For the first three books, I had extended periods of time in which I could immerse myself weekly within the world and recount the stories. Now, with a full-time university position and a part-time PhD, the time dedicated to writing the books has been much more episodic. Nevertheless, it has resulted in the broadest adventure in the series yet, that of the Morgan Tetralogy. Despite the episodic nature of writing, I feel this has allowed greater resolution to those portions of writing. Where previous events were accounted for as they unfolded with a certain momentum in writing, the momentum is far less in this tetralogy, which has allowed greater resolution in recounting what occurs. This means that the world-building has greater detail and, although I believe the momentum builds and the story arc is well-structured, there is greater emphasis on the interaction between characters and the detail in which they find themselves. It effectively increased the resolution of the adventure proportionately to the number of words involved. I don't think that this tetralogy adventure itself could ever be contained satisfactorily within a single book. It wouldn't even work in two. And by the time the overall structure was considered, it does not even work in three. Had I written the trilogy during the initial way in which I was writing the books, I don't know whether it would have turned out as well. Regardless, it means that future books, certainly the last in this series and hopefully any others in a second series, will be beautifully manicured as a result of the lessons learnt in the unfolding of this tetralogy.


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