Day 34 – Strange Days

Strange day today — actually broke up my hour into three parts. I don’t recommend it. I was lucky today that I had a fairly clear bead on what I wanted to write, but if I was confused at all, it would have been a very slow, inefficient day getting back into the groove each time. But starting and stopping was beyond my control, and it all worked out, so I’m not complaining.

A good day in terms of settling on the Voice — yes, I am still struggling with that. I have been since the beginning, but I’m sure it wouldn’t make riveting blog posts talking about the same problem over and over. But today I made some progress, so I’m glad for that. Things are clicking into place.

Part of the reason  it’s coming together is that I think my “day job” writing is improving since I’ve developed my New Journalism approach. My writing is looser, but I think conveys more in a tighter space, if that makes any sense. In any case, it’s an unexpected side effect of this little project of mine: I see improvements to all my writing, which is kind of cool.

Today I questioned how far into the “non-fiction” style I am going to go. I played with the idea of making the novel into a collection of essays and articles, like someone putting together a scrapbook of writing covering a certain topic. But that would be too much like that book of postcards and/or letters from way back — the late 80’s or early 90’s maybe? (Anyone know what I’m talking about? They were huge for about 15 minutes, and then disappeared. I can’t remember the name…)

I think the concept’s been done a few times. Not that I couldn’t do it again, but when my mind went to that, I shuddered. Nothing against it, just not for me.

Anyway, I think it will be simply be like a non-fiction memoir of sorts. Style-wise at least — this is still a fictional novel.

Of course, that direction may still change. I love that actually about this whole process — I’m letting the format and ideas form and flow without much care about that yet either. I’m confident it will settle and gel eventually, without much too much force applied.


(Novel Writing Totals)

Hours Today: 1
Words Today: 1,373
Hours Total: 33.5
Words Total: 46,618

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