Usually when I think of something I want to write about, the idea germinates from the very first sentence. I rarely need to edit that sentence at all, because it’s exactly what I want. The rest of the piece just naturally flows from there, and I do little editing to the thought itself, and just some sentence revision for flow or clarity, that sort of thing.
My biggest issue with the girls is remembering to keep their voices separate. Janie is a young, bright student of literature, with a large vocabulary and a good turn of phrase always at hand. She can say things without saying them with great ease and “waxes damned near poetic”.
Kate is much rougher around the edges, harder, more explicit about everything. She often mentions that she has Janie proofread her stuff and Janie helps a bit with word choice and phrasing, grammar, spelling, that sort of thing. So Kate’s voice in her writing is more blunt and straightforward, without sounding too much like the Marine she so recently was.
So I’ve had this idea about Janie and Kate writing about the same erotic experiences, each from their own point of view, with each girl influencing and pulling at the tone of the other’s writing. Janie would stray a bit more towards the explicit, Kate towards the more tasteful, without completely surrendering their own voices.
I’ve finished the first chapter of the first story and it’s a tough balancing act, much tougher than I had believed it would be. Too many voices in one head, but too late to worry about it.
I’m quite proud of the first chapter by each girl, I think I managed to accomplish what I set out to achieve. I like the flow and the verbage of each story, and I think I left a really good ending and set up for chapter two.
I know where I’m heading with chapter two, and I have a vague idea of the general plot of this escapade, and many of the little details I want to include at some point. I don’t have the ending at all yet, but that’s not unusual.
But I’m stuck.
Remember when I mentioned that I usually have the opening sentence first thing, and work from there? Yeah. A complete blank for both girls. If I could even open for one of them, I think I could work out the other.
Nothing. Well, almost nothing. I have Kate’s first two words of her first sentence (Jake Lacoste), but that’s it – Jake’s name. I’m stumped, stuck, at a standstill. Too many voices, and I can’t hear any of them over the others. It’s the mental equivelant of white noise.
Maybe I should have a contest or something.