From: "Andrew Bollen"
Subject: Re: (urth) Sev's not-so-perfect memory Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2003 09:18:46 +1000 Nutria says: > BUT, Trollope wrote for serialized publication. The first part of > a given book or series was in magazine print before the later parts were > even written, as I understand it. Wolfe worked over the New Sun books FOUR > times before initial publication. I can tell you that I myself check > earlier chapters more than once for consistency while I write, and go over > my whole book more than once after it is all finished. I don't write > fiction but Bible commentary (fiction to some, here, I suppose!), and when > I find something "new" to talk about in chapter 10 of, say Daniel, I make > sure what I wrote about chapters 1-9 is consistent with it. I think we > should assume that usually the errors are deliberate and ask IF they really > ARE errors (my previous post), and if so, what they might mean. As an ex-computer geek, I think of it like debugging - there's always some left, no matter how carefully you check. I sort of appreciate the serialization point, but it doesn't seem to me that there's that much difference - presumably a serializer will also check against earlier chapters? One of my problems with Roy's list representing deliberate "errors" is just their triviality - I find it hard to think that most of them could mean anything much. --