“It was that moment that I realised how important it is to understand people from history, just as we do with people in the present, based on contextual factors and free of prejudices. That is to say that they deserve to be looked at based upon demonstrable qualities rather than trying to pigeon hole them based on perceptions or preconceived ideas. People are nuanced, multifaceted beings. They have virtues and flaws, regardless of which is more dominant, and these often paradoxical elements coalesce into what we define as a personality. It’s all very Yin/Yang, but this is the reality.”
An exploration of how an understanding of psychology can help turn historical figures into fully fleshed and authentic characters.
A brief discussion on the difficulty in choosing what to keep or cut when writing a book based on fact.
An excerpt from chapter one: Loyalty concerning the outlaw Kelly brothers and their siblings.
A brief update on the progress of the novel.
A discussion about the difficulties that pose considerable setbacks in writing and editing.
A brief discussion on the use of symbolism in ‘Glenrowan’.
The core of the Glenrowan story is Ned Kelly. Everything that occurs is either directly or indirectly linked to him and his decisions. Naturally this should position him as the protagonist of the story, though protagonist usually implies that character is the “good guy”. As I’ve discovered, simplistic terms like “good”, “bad”, “hero”, or “villain” are just completely inadequate to describe someone as complex as Edward Kelly.
Right now I’m in the process of doing my final edit of Glenrowan in preparation for publishing. I’ve lost count of how many edits I’ve done, but I think it’s at least three or four big edits since I completed the first draft of the whole book. It’s a very important and painstaking process. The […]
Aidan Phelan discusses the challenge of working out what to keep in snd what to take out when adapting history into a narrative text.