The story and me

02 Dec

the year is almost done/ what does a revolution mean?

I am writing a novella now- fantasy and fiction intertwined. It’s been in the wings for a while. Writing fiction is very different from writing a poem. For me anyway, the poem just comes out. I don’t like to force it out but I suppose most poets can do that too. Fiction is more about voice. Until you get the right voice, the plot does not unfold.

I’ve been writing fiction for a long time but you know how it is. You write stories and then you forget about them and when you reread them, you probably have a Hemmingway or a Seth in your hands. Then you reflect on skill and rewrite.

Those rewrites may look bad as well. So you stop writing altogether and then you think hey! maybe I need to write just poetry. Which is not bad either. But one day the poems start talking to the fiction side of your brain and there is a mighty collaboration or a simple clearing of the throat.

And you think why not integrate the two?

That has been a lot of what has been going on this year.


© neelthemuse,2012


Posted by on December 2, 2012 in Day to day


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8 responses to “The story and me

  1. vinod

    December 3, 2012 at 2:02 am

    keep writing nevertheless


  2. Felipe Adan Lerma

    December 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    i think that’s a wonderful thing to do 😉 best wishes, and hope to see some of your work soon 😉


  3. simon7banks

    December 3, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Good luck, neel. I’m interested. I’ve just finished the first draft of a picaresque fantasy novel (think Tom Holt meets Laurence Sterne, that is, if you know who they are; if not, think something else) and am currently re-reading and amending it, trying to work out what to do with all the loose ends and clues that lead nowhere.

    What’s your novella about?


  4. neelthemuse

    December 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Mine is a romance novella with a touch of fantasy.
    You’ve set the bar high with Sterne as your inspiration. I really think you should start pitching your story right away. Once an agent okays it, all the loose ends will come together themselves:). Good luck Simon! Look forward to reading your work as always.


  5. neelthemuse

    December 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Thank you so much for your encouragement Adan. Am keeping my fingers crossed:)!


  6. Felipe Adan Lerma

    December 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

    luck and effort, always best 😉


  7. simon7banks

    December 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks, neel. I think I’ll still give it a once-over first. It’s quite fun anyway.



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