Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hailey's Novel Diary – 6/25/17

I want one of the characters to have a weekend getaway. The story takes place almost entirely in Los Angeles, but I want her to go out of town for a while.

This presents a bit of a problem. There are plenty of places near Los Angeles for weekend trips, but I've never been to any of them. It's not impossible to write about places you've never been. I'm sure Robert Heinlein never went to Mars or the Moon, and I doubt Douglas Adams got anywhere close to the end of the universe. But science fiction is different. I like to think I know a little bit about the places I write about and that, just maybe, some of that knowledge comes through sometimes.

I specifically made one of the characters from San Francisco. I was thinking that she might take the weekend getaway. I've been to San Francisco. I'm hardly an expert, but I know what the city feels like. When it became obvious that a different character had to go away, I either had to change the location or change which character is from San Francisco.

So I went with Santa Barbara. I don't know anything about Santa Barbara, other than it's proximity to Los Angeles and Steve Martin likes going there. That doesn't leave me a lot to work with.

I just finished a scene that's mostly dialogue. I like the idea of writing a book that's nothing but dialogue, cover to cover. The reader is told the story through the characters telling the story. There's no omniscient narrator, unreliable narrator or any kind of narrator at all. I suppose it would read like a play, but be structured like a book, with chapters instead of scenes and acts. But that's not happening this time.

The narrator in this book is mostly omniscient, with a little bit of subjective third person thrown in the mix. I doubt it will confuse anyone who's ever read a book. It's been done a million times before, so it's not like I'm revolutionizing the written word here. Hopefully, the narrative voice changes are subtle enough that most people won't even think about it.

I don't know what movie this is from.
This poor bridge gets hit in most of them.

If you read the book, this will make sense.

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