Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"The Alice '65"

Rockin' right along. I now have 56,320 words, 221 pages, and am up to page 92 on a re-rewrite. Casey and Adam are working well in third person, though I'm still not totally pleased with the style. It will not stop feeling lightweight.'s getting better. I hope.

Adam and Casey, both, are deepening their stories -- Adam in his sense of otherness within his own family and Casey in her conflicted emotions about her father's misuse of her and her career. I'm still working with them on these aspects, because neither one is willing to just tell me everything, I have no idea where this is going. But I don't care; it's the journey that counts.

I'm reading an interview with Paul Auster, who wrote City of Glass and he said something that hit me --

I can’t imagine anyone becoming a writer who wasn’t a voracious reader as an adolescent. A true reader understands that books are a world unto themselves—and that that world is richer and more interesting than any one we’ve traveled in before. I think that’s what turns young men and women into writers—the happiness you discover living in books.

That practically describes me...and Adam, actually. I began writing in high school. Really bad stories that were derivatives of much better books, then concentrated on art while also doing comics for my family and friends. I don't think I finished any of them...but I did try all kinds of layouts and designs. Then I shifted to full-on art...and then film...and then back to writing...full circle.

Adam's not a writer, but I get the sense he may be thinking of being one. I don't know, yet; he hasn't shared with me. But he talks about reading anything and everything and has a career that keeps him in contact with books, as if to give himself time to decide. 

Maybe that's what I was doing, too...

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