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For the last few weeks my brain has been trying to tell me something important about my current WiP, Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework.

Seeing as how brains are supposed to be the smartest part of a person, you'd think it would have had the sense to just come right out with it, but as usual, I had to piece the clues together myself.

It's been like those conversations in subtext we sometimes have with loved ones. You know the kind of thing I mean, one side claims everything's all fine and hunky doo-dah, but the underlying subtext is: 'Of course there's something wrong, and no I won't just tell you because if you really knew me, you wouldn't have to ask.'

I've a pretty complete outline for ALSMH, so I expected to whip through the first draft stage at a brisk pace, but with every passing day I found the going a little harder. Turns out my brain knew what the problem was all along. At around 3am this morning, it finally decided to let me in on the secret.

I should be writing this in first person.

I know, I know, we had this same argument weeks ago already (I even posted about it), but apparently, when it comes to writing, my brain seems to think it's in charge, the rest of me's just hired help, obeying orders and doing what it's told.

So, rip it up and start again.

I managed the first 1,000 words this morning and yes, if you're reading this, brain, you were right. It's much better this way. But next time do me a favor, would you? Bloomin' well tell me right away.


Stupid brain. 


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dawtheminstrel
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yay for the writer brain! Also for 3am insights. Why am I most insightful when I'm trying to sleep?
jongibbs
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
I think my brain's still on English time :(
authorwithin
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
It wouldn't be half as much fun for your diabolical brain to let you in on it from the start. No, it wants to see you suffer needlessly and agonize for a while before "saving" you. That's what you get for having a diabolical brain. ;-)

Next time, get one that is more compassionate. =D

Glad you figured it out before you'd written the WHOLE book though. =)
jongibbs
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
I sometimes think my brain has a part time job as my evil nemesis :)
authorwithin
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC)
It's a full time job, it just hasn't let you in on that secret yet either. ;-)
jongibbs
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:53 pm (UTC)
Lol, it would certainly explain a few things :)
blood_of_winter
Jun. 2nd, 2012 03:55 pm (UTC)
author brains mmmmm....
jongibbs
Jun. 2nd, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
I suspect mine would taste fresh (and unused) :)
bogwitch64
Jun. 2nd, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
That's where my three day rule comes--if I know there's something wrong three days running, I know it's wrong POV, or wrong place. Never fails!



jongibbs
Jun. 2nd, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I might have guessed you'd be on the brain's side :P
msstacy13
Jun. 2nd, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
I mentioned previously that if there's something in the story line
that a first person narrator could not know,
then you'll have to use third.
The exception, of course,
would be the diary or epistolary, I think they call it.
jongibbs
Jun. 2nd, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and I'll have to watch the vocabulary too :(
msstacy13
Jun. 2nd, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
And of course you know, Bob--umm, Jon,
that if your narrator is a black cat,
or something like that,
it's generally considered good form to reveal this fairly early in the story...
jongibbs
Jun. 2nd, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
No cats on this one :P
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jongibbs
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
It's the young hero of the series, which brings with it all the exciting narrative (and pov) problems I pointed out to myself a few weeks ago. Apparently, my brain has decided it knows better, and insists on the rest of me falling into line :(
mary_j_59
Jun. 3rd, 2012 03:14 am (UTC)
This post reminds me of a Laurie Anderson song called Babydoll, in which her brain is a slightly obnoxious character making random remarks! It happens to all of us, honestly, Jon. And I completely understand why you were reluctant to plunge into first person narration. But I'm glad it's going well for you so far.
jongibbs
Jun. 3rd, 2012 09:14 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mary. I have to admit, it's kind of fun :)
wordsrmylife
Jun. 4th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, what is it with brains? They put the solutions in the stories to the problems, but then don't show you, and all sorts of other mean tricks. You'd think they'd want us to have an easier time with this writing stuff. Sheesh!
jongibbs
Jun. 4th, 2012 09:36 am (UTC)
At the very least, you'd think our brains would be on our side :)
rippatton
Jun. 4th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
I wrote my entire first two drafts of Ghost Hand in third person and then realized it should be in first. My brain is slower than your brain. That sounds like a brag, but no, it isn't.
jongibbs
Jun. 4th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
'I wrote my entire first two drafts of Ghost Hand in third person and then realized it should be in first.'

Eek!
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jongibbs
Jun. 4th, 2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Plotting and planning, no doubt :)
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