“You cannot sweep someone else away by the force of your writing, unless it’s been done to you.” ~Stephen King from “On Writing”
I have this ambitious goal to write the next great science fiction saga. I wanted to write a series worthy of being an inheritor of Dune, Foundation Series, The Vorkosigan Saga, and tar Wars.
Yes, I know, it’s extremely ambitous…so what.
For the first time after many tries I finally finished the book Dune by Frank Herbert. I read it because Dune has nearly everything that I want to write.
Frank spins a tale of the four-fold nature of humanity–our physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental natures and how they add to the complexity of life around us.
The only thing that kept me reading was that this was one of the great masterpieces of literary fiction in the last 100 years. At first I thought it was a bad book because it did not move me–captivate me as I’ve been by the prequels written by Brian Herbert [Frank’s son] and Kevin J. Anderson.
If it weren’t for the mastery of spinning such a complex tale I would have put the book down long ago.
As I read it, I could not help but remember the quote above by Stephen King.
I like being swept away in a story. It’s what makes reading a 100,000+ word story possible.
Every story that has been seared into my mind as been one that swept me away.
I was not swept away by Dune.
Now I need to find out why.