David L. Thompson
What Time Does It Take?
How long does it take to drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv? What if you are traveling at 4:00 p.m. on a weekday? For those who drive into any major city during a weekday, you will know that traffic congestion during rush hour can cause long delays in your travel time. If an author doesn't take simple factors like this into consideration when they are writing a book, they may upset the reader and the reader may just put the book down and never pick it up again - so getting the details such as travel times right is really important. In today's vlog entry I talk about a timeline challenge I had in Dark Harvest and how I dealt with it in order to keep the storyline moving while also keeping the timeline realistic. As I read the passage, can you identify the challenge and can you also pick out the solution I used (it's subtle) to fix that problem?
By the way, for a scene in Dark Harvest, I actually needed to know how long it would take to drive from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv during rush hour so what did I do? I called someone who had driven that route at various times of the day over a period of years and asked him...