Friday, March 11, 2011

I hear voices all the time

(For the record, those are Chris Young's words, not mine.)

Two summers ago, I wrote the first chapter of the YA novel for the Children's Literature Conference. My protagonist's voice came through glib and sarcastic and fun. This would be easy, I thought. Sit right back and watch her sass around.

I've worked on the novel on and off since then, and more so in recent times. But she's changed. She's still sarcastic and sassy, but she's much more introspective. Wistful. Sad, at times. A maturing voice. Is she maturing through the writing? Turning inward as I dive deeper into who she is and what has brought her here?

Or am I the one maturing?


Victor, age 27, on his girlfriend: "She realizes that I'm kind of infantile."


#68: Jo Dee Messina, "Bye Bye"
#69: Miranda Lambert, "Heart Like Mine"
#70: Foo Fighters, "Rope"

1 comment:

Anjelica said...

Elliott does that from time to time. It always surprises me. He's grown a lot over the course of my writing his story these last two years. It usually passes and the heavier voice gives way to the familiar one we writers each love. Good luck! I currently have thesis material hemorrhaging out of my body. So, I guess I won't be working on the other 2 books. I can't help but wonder about the wisdom of having a thesis already in motion before I start, though. It sort of seems like a terrible idea...