I didn’t mean to procrastinate this long. Really I didn’t. But, ‘lo and behold I have and now I have one week to do all my judging for the Golden Acorn contest. It isn’t so much I don’t want to, it’s just that I’ve been writing a goodly amount and have not wanted to take a break from it to tend to other people’s writing. Selfish, I know. It’s for that very same reason I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do.
Some books get manage to enchant me while simultaneously perverting my narrative and Watership Down is certainly to be included amongst them. Although, gratefully, it has not really done this to me until recently. Up until this point the only reason I haven’t been reading it all that much is due to the rather impressive suspense Adams manages to maintain throughout the book. I know that sounds rather counter-intuitive, but this book honestly fills me with concern for the wee little rabbits that I cringe every time I flip the page. Back to my point – yesterday I found myself wanting to inject a story within the story being told by one of the protagonists and realized “wait a minute! That isn’t my style!” Luckily I had discovered this issue before I had begun writing said narrative, but it still gave me pause. Periodically I’ve wound up changing rhythm and language use around inadvertently when I was reading, say, Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre (in case you don’t know – I do NOT write 18th Century British Literature in any way, shape or form). Unfortunately, I wasn’t as quick with my realization during that one and so a deletin’ I went.
And, I’m sorry to say, all this post does is lead me up to saying I am going to take a week off from blogging. That’s right – a whole week! I will be posting some of my oldies but goodies, possibly even the first episodes of my serial, and will be dropping in to comment and the like. I’m very hopeful I’ll be able to get some new posts ready (in advance) during this time as well as finish my judging duties. Well, the judging duties HAVE to be done so we shall see how the rest goes.
Just out of curiosity – do you guys have the same problem with reading as I do? How do you get rid of that newly acquired accent to write in your own voice again?