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Thanks to my bladder, I'm very not awake.

Trying to get The Starkeeper moving past the first twenty or so manuscript pages, I'm largely struggling with a problem of voice and pov, and, therefore, of character. My two narrators are both fifteen years old (twins), and it's 1978. And – other stuff I can't divulge. With Sarah Crowe, I was working from a pov that was all but straight-up autobiographical. Her voice is damn near my own. With Imp, while her voice was clearly distinct from that of the author, it was still speaking from a place with which I am very familiar; the autobiographical element remains. But Jude and Judith Rochambeau are an entirely different thing, and they are a problem I have not yet solved. In some ways, this is the most complex novel I've ever tried to write, despite the accessibility – to me as the author – of first-person narratives as a storytelling device.

I'm not awake enough to discuss this cogently. Maybe not even coherently.

Yesterday, there was peach Jell-O with mandarin orange slices.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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setsuled
Jul. 13th, 2016 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks to my bladder, I'm very not awake.

Oof, I've been there. I hope you don't have a urinary tract infection like I had.

But Jude and Judith Rochambeau are an entirely different thing, and they are a problem I have not yet solved.

Sounds exciting. Good luck.
everville340
Jul. 13th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
But Jude and Judith Rochambeau are an entirely different thing, and they are a problem I have not yet solved. In some ways, this is the most complex novel I've ever tried to write, despite the accessibility – to me as the author – of first-person narratives as a storytelling device.

Thank you for sharing your struggle with the narrative. It's tangibly coherent, given how much of yourself infused the minds and voices of your characters through the evolution of The Red Tree and The Drowning Girl: A Memoir. Meant in the most respectful way, it's almost as if you're in the process of stepping outside your own box.

(Jell-O makes everything better. Even if it's Peach.)

Edited at 2016-07-13 05:55 pm (UTC)
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