Illustration from The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico
My novel, the Trim of Wicks, is inspired very loosely on this tale. It is not a love story but, instead, a story of love.
My book is about family, surviving what would break most and the gift of finding a kindred spirit.
Lately, there have been some days when I felt like I was being pulled in five different writing directions at the same time.
I am, foremost, a fiction writer, but I have been writing poetry since I was a child. Over the last three years, I have focused on my poetry and enjoyed myself immensely -- lol-- and I have made many friends here on soup, found soul-sisters and brothers, been taught by some true wordsmiths
Now, I’m switching gears and returning to my fiction. A new novel is underway.
Poetry has helped strengthen my writing, I believe. This time out of the gate, I’m more aware of each word, sentence structure, VOICE. I have to (HAVE TO) stick clear of overly-purpled prose, yet I find myself freer with allegory, a sprinkle of simile.
One of my favourite Canadian authors, Jane Urquhart, is both a poet and fiction author. Her work is sumptuous. I figure that if she can weave her worlds her way, unapologetically, then so can I.
So, after a hellish year of trying to get a word processing program on a laptop that reminds me of the car in Christine, (long story, dull and filled with cursing) I finally settled on a ... drum roll here.... SCRIVENER.
I played with it over the weekend. (the photos are from the web. I will not be posting my novel on-line.)
I am in LOVE. For those of you who also write short stories, non-fiction, plays... I can’t recommend this program enough. The GOOEY is fun and made for the storyteller.
It has this awesome corkboard ability to outline your scenes, create your characters and (HORRORS!) track your progress.
It cost me just over $40. And I’m already kicking myself for not buying it sooner
My other favourite resource:
THE WORD MENU. It is not a thesaurus. It is a reference book which allows you to look up words/terms using subject as a method of searching. Say, one of my characters is science teacher. The fact that he is an science teacher is not a huge factor in either plot or theme, yet I do want to ensure that the story rings true. The character would not say, “Today, class we are learning about whatcha-ma-callits.”
In this book, I turn to physics, then to the section on Electricity and Magnetism ... now the character can say, “Today, class, we are learning about electromagnetic waves. Open your textbooks to chapter 7...”
I will continue to be a souper. But I will not be writing as much poetry. Hopefully, I will spend MORE TIME READING YOUR WORDS. A bonus to my change in direction. After writing a thousand words a day, reading your gems will be my reward for sweating out a chapter a week.
Love ya guys
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WRITING TOOL?
A BELOVED PEN?
A LEATHER BOUND JOURNAL?
A MAC? LOL?
Smiles and an excited hug from Cyndi (who is not leaving soup, but spending her days in 1954 with a girl named Bryn and a quiet, caring man named Greely)