“Are you writing a book blog now?” Mark asked.
I think he occasionally checks in just to make sure I’m not writing posts listing his faults. As he brought home a massive slab of chocolate cake and a hot chocolate for me recently, I’d say he’s pretty safe at the mo.
To answer his question, I’m not writing a book blog, even though it might seem like it (not that there is anything wrong with blogs about books, many of which I follow).
I’ve just been busy (reading lots of books, obviously, hehe). Also Freya has been sleeping even less than usual for the last week or so due to a flare up of her old tummy problems (poor little bean) so my brain is a bit…fuzzy.
Then there’s the world, which seems to be in a bit of a free-fall at the moment. I’ve got things to say about it but. Brain. Fuzzy. I don’t think I would do it justice right now.
While I haven’t blogged, I have been writing for the Friday 500. Kate and I had a break over Christmas but started again once the children went back to school/nursery. I was working on chapter four before the festive season but I then changed direction and felt like I needed to go back and get chapter one, my foundation, on firmer ground. Kate read it last week and put forward some great suggestions, as usual, and I feel like, even though it still needs a fair bit of work, it’s sturdy enough to hold the rest of the story.
So onwards to rewrite chapter two where I’m now switching characters and need to find a male voice, which I haven’t done before. It’s a bit daunting, to be honest. I feel like I know him fairly well and can imagine how he speaks but wonder if he will sound like a man? What does a man sound like? Am I stereotyping? Or being sexist? Is my fuzzy brain overthinking it? I think I’m worried it will sound like a really awful audio book where the female narrator does the male voices by going a bit deeper than usual – only I can’t even go a bit deeper because no one can hear me.
Hopefully Freya will start to feel better soon and there will be more frequent blog posts that don’t just involve books (although I have read some FANTASTIC books recently – lots of five star ratings and I’m REALLY stingy with my stars – and I can’t wait to share them with you).
Any tips on switching voices? Do I just need to stop thinking about it and write?