Yesterday I spewed out nearly 1500 words on Red. Finished up the scene I was working on. One thing that’s become apparent as I move forward with this book is that it’s going to run long. Oh, I don’t mean that it’s full of fluff or that it’s longer than it needs to be. But my style for the Mirus stories has been very tight, very short scenes, typically between 1200-1500 words. That’s part of what’s led to both of those stories being so short.
Red is a whole other animal. It’s first person, rather than third. And Elodie likes to talk. Her scenes run 2,000+ words, easy. It’s a very different voice, one that I’m finding generally flows pretty easily for me, which is a nice change from last year. It’s interesting to me, this change in voice. I guess I always really felt like when I “found” my voice as a writer, that would be it. That it wouldn’t change a lot if I switched genres.
The real challenge will be seeing if I can switch back and forth between the two as I try to work on this Mirus story for an anthology at the same time.
I’m AFK today, out of town for what is tantamount to an all day staff meeting. They euphemistically call it our Annual Retreat. After that I’m driving a bit further to go see my grandmother for her 95th birthday. It’s not every day you turn 95. Then it’ll be back home for a late night getting my last class ready for the start of the semester tomorrow.