I’m super fired up for my re-purposing plan.
I’ve never had the freedom to choose what I’ll work on, totally mangle it and mess it all up, tear it apart, and then bring it back to be something new and better than before.
Did I mention that I get to pick whatever piece of writing I want?
That’s an awesome, free, kind of adult feeling, when you get to make your own decisions about where you want to go and how you want to go about it.
My plan seems simple, going from blog to story form, but it’s turned out to be more challenging than I thought. I’ve really struggled to match my tone and voice from my blog, which I really enjoy and want to be a part of this collection of short stories. Even though I feel as if I’m capturing the essence of the story, I’m not catching the feeling.
I want readers to feel exactly what I felt, or at least be able to laugh at what I felt as a boy sat on my living room floor eating a grilled cheese and bawling his eyes out about his ex. I want readers to feel how awkward, and later how hilarious, that moment was. I want to bring my tone into these stories, just as it is present in my blog.
Along with feeling like my tone is lacking, I’m struggling to figure out how long these stories should be. A couple of pages or a chapter? While some stories are longer than others, I want a bit of parallelism between length. I was thinking 3-5 pages per story?
My last little trial is figuring out what will make this project special. How can I make readers want to reread and share and tell everyone about my funny little stories? I want to grab attention and make this project super awesome, but I just don’t know where to round it out. What is essential to make this a well-rounded, complete project?
So, I’m struggling with/looking for feedback on/tell me what you’re thinking about:
1. How can I make my stories conversational?
2. How long should these stories be?
3. What do you think might be essential to rounding this project out?
In terms of triumphs, I’m having a genuinely fun time reconstructing these stories in full. There are so many details that I’ve shared by word-of-mouth, but never recorded by writing down. Lots of good laughing to myself in the library…wow, that sounded so sad.