I had a plan last night for today’s drama box, but I can’t remember what it is for the life of me. I think it had something to do with proofing and how that’s where a lot of writer’s work shifts from rambling to crisp and clean. I did a lot of tossing of phrases this week, and took a hard look at my style. It was odd, since I worked on a huge chunk of one style (Ever-after) and then a handful of other styles (in INTO THE WOODS) Trent’s voice naturally has more complex sentence structures and phrases stuck in everywhere. (Million Dollar Baby) The most interesting voice in the collection to me is Lilly’s, which is a tired mom of two young girls, living with her mother in a farm house. (Spiderweb) She’s angry and a little unbalanced, and seeing her sanity laying next to her madness is fascinating. Unfortunately it wouldn’t be her voice I continued to work with, though the fairy tale feel would hopefully remain. The voice I liked working with the most was the young man in the pet shop finding out his world has been on the cusp for a long time, but this one doesn’t have a story I want to follow much. His voice was fun, though. (Pet Shop Boys) My easiest voice was Grace, since she is so much like Rachel, but the voice she has here, and the one I’d use if I followed her story further would be drastically different. What I found most interesting in proofing the collection was how they all needed a slightly different hand.
Things that make you go mmmm.
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