September 22, 2008: A New Project

At dinner the other night, the subject of blogs came up, and as part of the discussion, one diner said to another, “I love your blog — it’s my favorite.” (The blog is Nineteen Teen: Being a Teenager in the Nineteenth Century.) Something in Marissa’s response made me think writing blog entries from the perspectives of her characters. Well, it wasn’t just what Marissa said — I made that assumption because I’ve seen it quite a bit.

I think blogging as a character is a cool thing to do. In fact, I got to thinking about a blog for my characters, where they write whatever. Almost as soon I considered the idea, I realized it would never happen. My characters would never reveal themselves publicly. Even a diary would be too much for Ilsabet.

But then I thought about a blog that was about the empire of Altus Estania, about Ilsabet’s world. It occurred to me that even if it doesn’t interest anyone else, posting letters, notes, advertisements, schedules of worship at the various shrines, and other kinds of written information would help me live in my world. It could give me a stronger sense of the everyday in my world, which can only make my writing stronger.

So that’s what I’m going to do. I won’t post every day — my thought is once a week, on the same day of the week. As soon as I’m ready to go, I’ll post an announcement here, and there’ll be a link, too.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Sep 22, 2008 @ 21:37:18

    Very cool. I think this is a fabulous idea. Can’t wait!

    Reply

  2. katycooper
    Sep 23, 2008 @ 20:43:40

    It came up for me a whole lot faster than I expected — I got a pair of workable ideas last night and wrote up both of them last night and this afternoon. I’m kind of jazzed about it — it’s helping me have stronger book-head.

    Reply

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