Saturday, July 17, 2010

Abandonment issues

I've had to abandon a short story, which was based on an abandoned novel based on a re-written (read: abandoned) short story.

The whole conglomeration of words written in various formats is based on a single character, a character I know so well he can speak within my very head at any moment. But I just can't seem to find the right way to tell his story. In fact, I'm not even sure I know his story, only who he is now.

The experience has convinced me that the only way to satisfy myself and the needs of the character is by way of something novel-length, but the problems I ran into last time--a flat plot, inconceivable motivations--are still dogging me. It will take some time before all his bits and pieces are sorted, before there are subplots to support a major story arc, and before I know the entire history of this character deeply enough to produce a meaningful tale around him. But no matter how long it takes, I hope I'll still get there. It's a rare thing for a character to come along who I really take a liking to, and I can't imagine abandoning this literary creature who's spent the last year in my head before his story is told.


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