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Thursday, 14 August 2014

Blog - 14/08/14

Hey! So yes, it's been a while! I guess the first thing to say is that this will be the way of things for the foreseeable future. Instead of monthly updates I'm going back to posting when something happens. I've not found a lot of time to write recently and when I have it's been spent on bigger projects, so rather than post a variation of the same excuse every month this seems a more practical (and less soul destroying) approach.

So I guess the question may be... so why this blog post then? Has something happened? Why, yes actually!

I read a blog post by an author about writing in a second-person perspective  a little while back and was intrigued enough to give it a go. I'd never done it before, not even considered it. The only time I can really think that I've read anything from that view point were those 'Choose your own adventure' books as a child. (Turn to page 67 if you want to do 'this', turn to page 21 if you want to do 'that', and turn to page 42 if you're deliberately trying to kill yourself.)  I remember massively enjoying them, but I guess from that point I figured it was the ultimate deployment of the whole perspective, it didn't even cross my mind you could use it in any other format.
So I found an upcoming flash fiction competition and decided to give it a go. I found it to be a challenging experience. It was nice to write something differently, (I almost write exclusively in third-person) but the novelty was quickly wearing off by the time I'd finished. The problem was I found my options very limited. Not everything works when writing in second-person. The original plan I had for the piece was very quickly strangled and tugged away in one clear direction, whereas I like having two or three different options to choose from. Of course, this could have been a limitation of the story or more likely my own inexperience with the view point, but it just felt very restraining and I'm not sure I'll be attempting anything else similar for a while.
I must have done something right though because I actually finished third in the competition!
I've included a link to the piece on this site and also the original announcement of results on the head judge's own page if you'd prefer to read it there.
I'll admit, when I read back over the final version of the piece I wasn't too sure about it - but then there was one thing I got from the feedback of my few test readers that made me wonder if I'd cracked the format a little!
Have a read if you like, and then get back to me either by commenting on this post, maybe leaving me a comment on my Facebook page or dropping me a tweet to see if you can spot it! Just ask yourself what the story is about...

Until next time, buh-bye!


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