What Are You Working On?
I'm beginning to work on a novel, and also for some time I've been working on completing a collection of short stories--short fictions that've been piling up forever, it seems.
As for the novel, I was led by that craving to assemble aspects of life and my studies and perceptions into words. I thought my idea for a novel might be substantial enough to become a book eventually; I thought it might be wide and open enough idea to hold lots of layers.
I'm trying to make a work of fiction that is earnestly put forth, without traces of irony or archness in its narration. That's a bit different for me.
The writing of lush realism has very soothing effect on me at this point. That's been a surprise.
The need for realism is there because I'm envisioning a kind of spooky scenario having to do with breaking-and-entering and actions slightly criminal, that sort of thing.
I'm quite sure I won't finish this novel for a few years. I really believe in taking one's time. That makes the book so much better, obviously--if it has a chance to mature, and to grow along with one's life. But I'm not working under contract either, which affords me this luxuriant pace.
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published 25 Jan 06, updated 23 Feb 06 on Too Beautiful. email copyright 2006 Mark Pritchard, Bernal Heights, San Francisco