As the Clarion head-getting-around continues, I’ve been thinking more about what I want to write while there. Not in terms of story ideas, though I do have a nice grab-bag of premises just in case.
No, I realised that the main way I want to challenge myself at Clarion isn’t necessarily by tackling different sorts of subjects; the premise list showed me that I’m pretty darn diverse already. In terms of subjects, that is. In terms of form…
Yeesh. How did I end up a linear narrative type of gal? Not at all what anyone listening to me speak would anticipate.
But there it is. So that’s my big challenge to myself. I want to try at least a few of the following:
- Interleaving story lines: past/present, with one told not in chronological order
- A story told backwards
- Omniscient narrator, multiple POVs
- Twisting storylines, one told backwards, one forwards, with them meeting at the end/beginning
- Modern epistolary–a story told through the comments in a forum thread
Now (in case any soon- to-be fellow Clarionauts are reading this), I’m not planning on trying all of these, of only turning in fractured or disjointed tales. But I do feel it’s time to expand beyond the rush of forward momentum that you get with the character+problem setup and consider the how as well as the what.
So yeah, I guess I am about to turn in a string of disjointed tales. I’m sure y’all will take appropriate revenge. Actually, I’m counting on it.