Dec 5 2012.
Finished my second chapter yesterday. As with the first, it is about 800 words. As with the first, I’m very unhappy with the result. This time, the problem is my voice. Is this really me, or is it a conglomeration of the many, many authors I have read over the years? It is hard to separate the two. I am plowing on because I believe that if I write enough that voice will emerge … God I hope that’s true.
The other big issue I had at the conclusion of the chapter was that I am now very unsure about what the age of the intended audience is. The theme (and the treatment) is not sufficiently mature enough to make this a book for adults, but my heavy-handed style is probably going to put off the kids. I wish I was writing a book about dragons. Sigh. I need to find a pen name to hide behind.
Also, I think I might need to find a writing group nearby to critique the book before it goes any further so I can course-correct if needed. Amazingly enough, there’s one right here in Fremont CA … guess there are a lot of us suburbanites with literary ambitions. Here’s some info on them –
Fremont Area Writers is the centennial branch of the California Writers Club. Visit our web site at: http://www.cwc-FremontAreaWriters.org. If you live in and around Fremont (Hayward, Union City, Newark, Niles, or Milpitas) come and meet other local writers and let creativity bloom! Come to a Writers Meetup to review work, trade literary tips, make friends and have fun, and learn more about Fremont Area Writers! All writers — and should-be writers — are welcome!
They meet every Tuesday evening to critique. The next one is on December 11 at Mission Coffee. Must muster up the courage to go and present my half-assed attempt.:)
If you have some tips to share or experiences of your own, please leave them here in the comments instead of FB so I can keep a record.