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Hello @David_Cooper and a rowdy howdy to you. Welcome to the group.

evidentialist 8 Mar 26
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Each book in Ransome's series is a complete story (one of which reaches 450 pages). If mine ends up at 900 pages, I imagine it being done as a box containing three volumes (with the same title on each, followed by "Part 1/2/3" ). It's a story that can't be split into a trilogy.

The reason for the length is that it isn't just a story, but provides added value related to its main theme. It is essentially a manual for home education and self-directed education. There are three stories running through the book which weave through each other. The most important one is about two children's escape from an oppressive school system, leading to the discovery that they can learn much faster outside of it while spending very little time working. The second story concerns their recent acquisition of a sailing dinghy and their encounter with three visiting children who sail the same kind of boat - these visitors have come for a two-week holiday on the lake and will be taking part in a regatta at the end of it. They decide to teach the two local children how to race so that they can take part too, and there's a lot of interesting maths and physics tied up in this. The third part of the story concerns something else that's going on in the background which builds up over time and leads to a dangerous situation - this third story thread would stand in its own right as a standard children's novel, providing a more conventional reward for the reader, but I think I can make the other two story threads just as rewarding. Ransome often provided the reader with something extra too, teaching the reader such things as Morse Code and Semaphore. I want to take this a lot further, using stories to turn teaching into something exciting rather than the child torture that it invariably becomes whenever it's forced in at snail's pace within the padded cells of a school.


@David_Cooper -- As a trilogy like the Swallows and Amazons series? The reason I ask is that I am hoping you weren't considering a single book of some 900+ pages. Tell us a bit about it and how you're approaching it.


Thanks for the welcome. I'm currently 300 pages (about one third distance) into writing a book inspired by Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series. The amount of rewriting required is falling over time as I pick up more skills, but I'll still have a lot of work to do to knock it into shape once I've written the rest of it. Writing well isn't easy.