I have finally managed to get hold of “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” (downloaded it onto my phone from Audible) and it is a breath of fresh green air. I’m only up to chapter 5 so there will be no spoiler alerts but I just have to share. I am so excited by it because in many ways it is exactly the book I have been trying to write for so long. I love the fact that there is no explanation (thus far anyway) for many of the peculiarities of Fairyland and its inhabitants. It is written in such a way as to give the reader a lot of credit for firstly, having a robust imagination and secondly, being able to find explanations when and where necessary. I say this is the kind of book I have been trying to write because it is similar to the imagined world my characters inhabit. When I had finished my session with Kate Forsyth last month I was so glad she didn’t ask certain questions like “Why this?” and “Why that?”, and as she was the one who recommended I “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making” I can see why she was able to accept some of my characters just as they are. I think I have been reading so many standard story structures that I forgot a story written in this way is possible. I let Kate know from the beginning that the narrative voice was the thing I was most struggling with, but having started to read TGWCFiaSoHOM I can see why she told me to let it go. I really appreciate advice from extremely knowledgeable and experienced writers and others in the field, but sometimes I feel like these checklists are a bit like trying to write by numbers. I’m not saying they can go hang, but it is important to remember not to try to fit a round peg into a square hole.
I have just watched the trailer for the new hunger games and it pretty much reminded me of everything that annoyed me about “Mockingjay”.
The bloody blood and roses smell. If I didn’t need to know, if I accepted it as “just is” in the first book, then don’t mess it up by explaining it later. I do think there was a bit of second guessing, the old “second album” jitters and pretenciousness about Mockingjay. Anyhoo. Back to writing my own masterpiece of creative fiction.