October 21st, 2011


Simmering Omni

Tackling the current novel with a new narrator is intimidating.  I need to print the whole thing out yet again and start typing from the beginning.  Otherwise revisions devolve to line edits, and nothing productive gets done.  Maybe that means I haven't settled into the new voice yet, but I don't know how else to get settled. 

Choosing what to tell and not tell, based upon the narrator's motivations, is part of the challenge, made worse by the fact I had a different person in mind the first time I wrote the danged thing.  But the toughest part is sinking into the emotional investment the narrator has in certain key characters and interactions.  How much does that emotion shade and alter the way those scenes are told?  How will that be done without becoming obvious?  I don't know.  But there are points in the story where this narrator would put down his pen and walk away to weep because he couldn't reach through the page to touch someone he loved.  That needs to come across.

In other news, I'm taking Dev to see Julius Caesar next Saturday.  It'll be his first not-comedy Shakespeare, and the first that'll have a talk-back session with the director and actor after the show.