you can say that again
And I did.
Long time readers of this humble blog (both of you) will recall that I once wrote an entire novel (The Sleep of Reason) and got all the way to the end before I realized that a first person narrator was not going to work. So I rewrote the whole thing with a third person narrator. It was a better novel as a result (though I wish I’d get off my sorry backside and do more about sending it out).
So it has been with a short story I’ve recently written. It’s one of my Fathers and Sons stories (of course — what else am I working on lately?), and I originally wrote it with a third person narrator. I wanted to make the father in this story be absolutely clueless about an important characteristic his son is beginning to display. (It’s not a bad thing, so don’t worry. I just don’t have the guts to write about bad people. Or the experience, I guess. But I ramble.) Anyway, it occurred to me after I had that first draft written that by having the father be the narrator of the story, I could intensify his cluelessness by showing him as being observant and benign, or at least thinking he is, and by actually showing him missing some signs. And by setting the poor guy up this way, I would bring out his lack of observation skills.
I’m not there yet, but I think the approach is the right one. And the rewrite was painless. I got the new draft done in one session.
In other news, it may have escaped your attention, but it’s October now. I hope to be productive and proactive this month. What about you?