Call and Response

Posted on 05/09/2012 by

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In some ways, Wizards is ridiculously easy to write, because I could channel Gray’s voice on no sleep, typing upside down in a bathtub. Sarcasm and panic and trust issues are a cake walk. Of course, being funny on purpose or, you know, having a plot, occasionally require more thought.*

I was about to say that writing Jamie’s voice requires a little more effort, because I need to be in a more specific frame of mind — and that’s true — but I find bouncing from Gray to Jamie and back again remarkably easy. Like call and response. Because each of them is a reflection, an equal and balance to the other. Which, okay, was sort of the point when I wrote them, but I didn’t realise it would translate to the writing. It’s kind of cool. Like the whole book is a dialogue between these two characters. And dialogue I can do.

I’m reaching toward the halfway point of the book though and I’m realising there are parts of the backstory I still don’t know. So far I’ve gotten away with it by having the boys lie to each other and to themselves. They’re quite good at that. The problem is that I’m so far inside their heads that it’s possible they’re lying to me as well, and I would really rather know what’s going on before I manage to get them arrested. I mean, that might happen anyway, but it would be nice to know why. And if there was any chance I’ll be able to get them out again.

 

* Then again, not sure I want to do those things. Being funny on purpose sounds vaguely painful and plot seems to take care of itself one way or another.