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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-01-26 05:46
Subject: [writing] Sunspin continues apace
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Tags:books, calamity, process, sunspin, writing
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...

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oaksylph: cypress
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-26 17:20 (UTC)
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Psst, Jay, nobody gets more accessible with age, not even the very old. More practiced in the art of conveying one's increasingly complicated inner world, but not more accessible.

Why does Sunspin have a rococo voice in your head? Is there a way to convey that why in 'direct' language? Why do you think you've been inaccessible before now? You're as inaccessible as a Calvinist preacher: big ideas, but big rhetorical sweeps of imagery that charge the ideas with nearly tangible clarity.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-28 16:42 (UTC)
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nobody gets more accessible with age, not even the very old

Snerk. Possibly I am living backwards?
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oaksylph
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-29 00:16 (UTC)
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Possibly. I'm not sure I'd lay odds on anything you might get up to. You're full of surprises.

But maybe in your case, it's less shifting into reverse on the human road and more like realizing there's a clear stretch in front of you (the narrative as outlined) and that it's time to speed up, spread wings, and get the bird's eye view. Or... (see below)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-01-28 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Why does Sunspin have a rococo voice in your head? Is there a way to convey that why in 'direct' language? Why do you think you've been inaccessible before now? You're as inaccessible as a Calvinist preacher: big ideas, but big rhetorical sweeps of imagery that charge the ideas with nearly tangible clarity.

Big questions I'm going to have to think about. I suspect Fred is solving the problems for me... He usually does, in fiction.
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oaksylph
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-01-29 00:14 (UTC)
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Claire probably still finds me annoyingly slow, but I did finally just give in and let her dictate the 'tone' of the shop. So I woke up one morning feeling like she'd left me a note instructing me to make a section of essays about solo experiences of nature (anything from Farley Mowat to Thoreau to Gretel Ehrlich), and not only was the section a hit, I needed the space it left in Nature to absorb a four-box collection purchase later the next day. Is that comparable to how Fred works? (Is it really sacrilegious to compare a bookstore's geist to a muse? If so, sorry. ;) )

I bet once you've rolled the personal, interior furniture around some more, Fred will feel more settled and get more done. Maybe you feel the need to be 'direct' right now because you need something in your life to be direct. None of my business; just suggestin'.
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