Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

Notes From the Day

I am writing a short story, because I was asked, and because I haven't written one for a while.

It is strange to be objective as I write it, simply because I rewrite so much. Voices alter, language changes, descriptions, whatever I think is wrong with the tone I am grabbing for shifts and alters and changes. Style is a fluctuating thing, I find: the more you understand it, the more you are conscious of it, the more you can change it to suit what it is that you want. Quite often, when you talk to people, they have rigid ideas of language, or how good writing is, and what it should be, but it changes from person to person, taste to taste, and ultimately, you have to decide that there is no one right answer. Myself, I find there is a real pleasure from taking my voice and altering it for a particular story. Not, mind you, that I don't have habits--I notice it mostly in structure, rather than voice, wherein I fall back onto a non-linear form of narrative, or one that involves multiple voices. I find A to B narratives, with a conflict in the middle, resolution and one narrator rather difficult to write. It's not that I can't--it is just that out of all the narrative structures I know, this is the most artificial to me.

Still, I am writing a story. I have been learning about the way virus' work to give it a bit of background. I have changed the physical setting of my story three times, and plan now to go and change it a forth time, to take it back to the second version. Everyone in the story is dead, from the outset, and I use Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology as a lodestone after N. told me about as I randomly discussed the idea I had for the story for in which everyone was dead and narrating.

It's a cool gig this. I wish I made a shit ton more money from it and had more commercial success, but then, doesn't everyone?

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