Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Day Two

Well, I have got my word count done - 6,100 in total so far. It is frustrating that the writing is bad and every time I think I have got the structure sorted, I read it through and it just doesn't work. The first draft of the first three chapters consisted of blog posts and tweets, this one has started just as blog posts but I think even that I will probably drop.

I like books that have an interesting structure, ones where the structure itself tells a story. Leanne Shapton's book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry is a story of a love affair told entirely in the objects, letters and photographs they have collected. It goes beyond a graphic novel in that it has no written narrative at all, just the pictures of the objects themselves, presented as an auctioneer's catalogue. It is a beautiful thing and asks interesting questions about how stories are told.

I imagine in time I would like to play with these ideas a bit more, but for the time being I just need to keep plugging away at the word count and getting it all down. I can play with it later.

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