Or readers may discover the inconsistencies.
It's called "continuity," but I think 'Star Trek syndrome' sounds cooler.
A related issue is picking the wrong narrator. Or a narrator who can't do what the writer wants, in terms of telling the story.
That happened to me, with the Loonfoot Falls Chronicle-Gazette blog. It turned out to be a good way to give me practice at writing short, (relatively) tightly-worded posts: and provided me with quite a bit of background for Loonfoot Falls, a small town in central Minnesota.
Then, last year I realized that the blog, which was mostly 250-word columns in the fictional small town's newspaper, couldn't tell some of the stories I wanted it to.
That wasn't the only reason I've taken a sabbatical from that blog, but it was a major one.
A human-interest column like that, published in a small-town weekly, has limitations. Don't expect a conventional rant about repressive small-town parochialism: it's just a cultural thing. Small-town weeklies, in my experience, tend to focus on the positive aspects of personal stories. When they're not reporting 'regular' news: which is about the same in small towns as it is anywhere else.
There's a reason why I'm not at all likely to read a celebrity exposé in Sauk Centre, Minnesota's, newspaper. It's not that we lack folks like, say, Charlie Sheen or Paris Hilton. There was a fellow who got in the paper after he ran buck-naked down Main Street. The difference is that the paper treated the incident as another bit of local news, and left it at that. No op-ed about the unfairness of anti-streaker laws, the lack of a naked-pedestrian lane on local streets, or a wig-picker's explanation for why it isn't the fellow's fault. Or wasn't: the 'victim of society' fad seems to have faded.
And I've gotten off-topic.
The point is that I need to find a suitable viewpoint character for more Loonfoot Falls accounts. Or maybe take the one I have, and change the venue.
- "What I've Done, What I Plan to Do"
(February 22, 2011)
- "A Not-Entirely-Misspent Afternoon"
(August 20, 2010)
- "Epic Scale and Painting the Floor"
(February 1, 2010)
- " 'Belvedere Union Grand's Room 313' - a Short-Short Story"
(November 2, 2009)