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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. 


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Oct. 22nd, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
*rubbing hands with glee*

Get in there and splash! So some scenes take a few drafts--eh! On this draft, you have one order: Have fun!
Oct. 23rd, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, ma'am!

It all seemed so clear on the island. Then I came home and performed real life duties and slept. Now it seems all muddy again (which I fully acknowledge is an avoidance technique on my part).

But it certainly helps to know you're gleefully hand-rubbing. When I'm stuck, what kicks me into gear is believing someone, somewhere, is waiting for me to finish. It's that eldest-sibling overblown sense of obligation thing. :-)
Oct. 23rd, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
I really think you are onto something. It's probably going to take some experimenting around to break the old structure in your head and reassemble each scene with the new awareness--but why not experiment around with a chapter or two, and see if it takes off? Don't worry about the rest. If it locks into place--feels right and true--the rest will take care of itself.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I don't think I'd be in any shape to revise if I hadn't been forced to write a short story at VP. It got me past the "What if it's been too long? What if I can't write anymore?" point I was sitting at.

I know the past three years have changed me in deep and fundamental ways. I worried those changes had taken fiction writing away. They did, for awhile, probably as a means of protection. Fiction requires examination of truth, and I wasn't in any space for that.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
This makes a lot of sense. But something in the meantime happened that really, really boosted your ability to write exponentially. See email.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 03:17 pm (UTC)
*mix of weepy eyes and silly clapping*
Oct. 23rd, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
New narrator! Awesome.

Hey, I didn't get to read this at VP, so if you need fresh eyes in the future, shout.
Oct. 23rd, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, that would be way, way cool! Thank you! When you're ready, I'll be happy to return the favor.
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