Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake

[writing] Sunspin continues apace

2,600 new words on Calamity of So Long a Life yesterday. I'm having to pause and outline ahead to keep all my threads straight. It's kind of cool and rather different for me at the same time.

I've been struggling with the voice a bit. This reminds of when I wrote the story story "Lehr, Rex" for Forbidden Planets. That piece had a surface voice of Silver Age skiffiness, but a deep structure of New Wave identity paranoia. The tension between the two caused the story to skitter a bit, which I think in the end was an interesting effect, though I wouldn't care to use it often.

Sunspin, in my mind, has a rather rococo voice. Sunspin, on the page, is almost plainspoken. I seem to be committing direct storytelling without detouring through the outer fields of language. For now I've given up on that vision, as the novels very much want to be written in this voice and I was swimming against the tide. But it feels weird. Maybe I'm becoming accessible in my old age.

Or there's always revision...

Tags: books, calamity, process, sunspin, writing
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