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Literary reincarnating

Started on another story today. Seems kind of funny how I've been doing a lot of reworking of ideas, something I never used to do (I either wrote the story, or I didn't, and it stayed pretty much the same after it was written). The "frozen" story idea started as a 3rd person linear narrative with a somewhat different setting and characters and viewpoint back in the fall, and has since gone through at least two incarnations to become a 1st person, disjointed narrative, among other things. I just kept going back to it and throwing myself at it until I hit it in a way that felt right.

Same thing with the new story. It's now in its fourth life (I mark story lives by adding a "take #" after the title), the first of which was, again, back in the fall. That's not counting the YA version of it I was considering, the outline of which has been merged into the new version. I think this time it's finally going to work--I figured out how to stop the middle from sagging. But I had to look at it from so many different angles before I saw how it could all fit together...

In one sense it's depressing, because I start wondering if I'll have to attempt every story idea I have three or four times before I can get it right. Jamming plot pegs into the wrong-shaped holes. In another sense, it's relieving. At least I am getting it right (relatively), eventually. At least the story ideas aren't dying or ending up all bent out of shape because I jammed them until they snapped. And maybe after a while of this I'll get better at judging the shape of the idea before I get to the point of playing around with it, and I won't need to play Buddha with them. That's the hope, at least.

Have also done more thinking about the "frozen" story and have figured out something that will make the whole thing stronger and possibly fix (or half-fix) the ending. Need to focus in more on one theme. Need to focus on the right theme. Will be working on that after the rough draft of the new story's done.

And BTW, to any lurkers or random wanderers out there who want their own journal, I do have a few extra LiveJournal codes. Just write me and convince me of your worthiness. ;)



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Apr. 4th, 2003 06:45 pm (UTC)
Some of my best stories are ones that have been reincarnated from earlier forms. A first person narrative rewritten as a third person limited narrative won me an award during my last year at San Jose State. Rewriting and revision are just as much a part of the processes as getting the words inside your head to begin with.

And not every story demands restructuring. It's just that some are more stubborn than others.

Apr. 5th, 2003 05:28 pm (UTC)
Of course I know that rewriting and revision are essential (you're speaking to someone who just finished a third draft of a short story and plans on at least two further edits). I'm just not used to having so many stubborn stories all at once. Wondering if maybe the older ones were stubborn, too, but I just bulldozed over them and made them fit my initial vision. Hard to know, now.
Apr. 5th, 2003 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that the more stubborn the stories get, the better they'll turn out in the end. I'm sure it's not an exact correlation, but it's a nice idea, in any case.

I always suspected that a lot of my earlier, and definitely less mature works, were a bit too easy to write in the first place.

Jul. 27th, 2003 07:11 am (UTC)
My names Brittany and I was wondeirng if I could have a LJ code fromy ou. I have been looking around at so many places and hardly anyone has any. If yah got the heart and the time I would deeply appreoctae it. I would give you anything for it!


MY email is TheSilentPhobia@aol.com

Nov. 27th, 2003 07:59 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm a random wanderer/lurker! Hi, I'm Raheela, (yes, that really truly is my REAL first name) Anyway, I've been trying to get on LiveJournal for several weeks now. I've got a whole group of friends who are on LiveJournal, and I've asked them many times for a code but they always manage to give it away to someone else. So if you still have a code left, I'd muchly appreciate it if you decide to donate one to me. Thanks for your time!
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