We each have a unique writing voice. In my first story, mine was compelling, full of emotion--and lacked any stiffness or shallowness brought on by the learning curve of this writing craft.
She asked me if my writing, since, has been for the passion of the story, or trying to adhere to a prescribed writing process? She senses me holding back, mincing words, and not fully fleshing out my characters. My voice is different... and not in a good way.
Just when I think I've figured something out, I discover that I have at least part of it wrong.
She posted this on my facebook wall.
“I need you to do more than survive. As writers, as revolutionaries, tell the truth, your truth in your own way. Do not buy into their system of censorship, imagining that if you drop this character or hide that emotion, you can slide through their blockades. Do not eat your heart out in the hope of pleasing them.”
― Dorothy Allison
So, I have redirected my focus. And will now take a deeply emotional journey back inside the story my mother so loved--the same story I sat and read a quickly typed ending (the fourth book in the series) to her while she lay nearly motionless and wordless, during her ten final days spent in hospice.
WIP--working Title: Across the Night Sky
“Love transcends all…death, distance, time. It captures a soul as surely and as silently as time captures the stars…
My volunteer counselor, Rayanne, thinks that trying a different approach than the doctors and therapists tried might make a difference. She wants me to keep a journal--this journal, of my dreams, and the thoughts and feelings I have about them. That by putting it on paper it will help me to realize I was never abducted by aliens, that the dreams are not memories of where I was for two years, and not the answer to my missing child. I think she’s the only real friend I have. She wants me to take control of my life so that I’m never institutionalized again."
This will be my story until its rewritten, correcting POV issues and overwriting issues, but maintaining the passion that flowed from mind to keyboard in the original draft.
Tall order? :-) You bet. But I feel good about it.
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