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Today I am going to revise my novel


I was handed an article once in a writing class. I can’t remember which class, or who the article was by. It described one’s writing as something liable to go wild if neglected for even a day. I think the author’s writing was personified as a child, but mine is a dreadlocked man, a cousin of the Novel Beast. This metaphor made me think a little of Emma Donoghue’s Room, which was excellent and rather disturbing, but not nearly as harrowing as I thought it might be. I really liked the way Donoghue imagined what it would be like for the boy once he came out of the room – how the light would be too bright, how his brain wouldn’t be wired to gauge distances. How strange he would be in the context of the world. But anyway, enough procrastinating. I must reread my manuscript and figure out what to do with it!!

Oh, and if you want to see a comic about my latest parenting adventures, pop over to my Apples blog.




8 Comments leave one →
  1. Bianca permalink
    13/07/2011 10:43 am

    Your Wild Thing’s not nearly as wild as you think. Good luck!

  2. 13/07/2011 11:39 am

    This comic reminded me of ‘Room’ as I read it too! I love the way Emma Donoghue captured Jack’s voice in ‘Room’. And I agree, in the first few pages I thought, ‘Oh no, this is awful, what have I gotten myself into?’ but it pretty quickly became apparent that the humour and the relationship between Jack and his Ma were the focus, not the awfulness of the situation they were in. I stayed up until 2am to finish it, speed reading ahead because I was so anxious to find out what happened to them. And then I went back to where I had started speed reading from and read it again properly the next day. Good luck with taming the wild beast…

  3. 13/07/2011 12:17 pm

    I think I like wild feral untamed novels best of all…

  4. 13/07/2011 1:27 pm

    Hilarious, Sarah. I love it. And you already have a novel published. No way should you feel that anyone will think writing another is a folly. (And if they do, stuff them.)
    But … re the manuscipt, I’m so sorry – I am still only half way through … Would you like an interim feedback report?? (P.S. I like the 1st person in it. ;o)

  5. William permalink
    13/07/2011 6:56 pm

    And did you tame the novel?

  6. 14/07/2011 8:59 am

    What a great blog. I love your little feral friend. I think he/she is just feeling unloved. Unloved children are always grumpy and difficult.

  7. rohan permalink
    15/07/2011 8:59 pm

    glad I wasn’t the only one thinking…you could fall off! you could die!


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