I continue the re-writing of my WIP (work-in-progress) and some chapters are now second or third drafts. I have decided to cut my point of view characters from four to three or possibly two. I will let you know how I go with it next week. My novel follows a duel narrative structure which gives texture and depth to my story, ensuring the reader never tires of the one storyline. Both story strands are written in the third person but there is always the option to write one strand in the first person although it is not something I plan to do. I haven’t heard from the editor who has my manuscript From the Heart.
Have you read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran? AE George Russell wrote:
‘I do not think the East has spoken with so beautiful a voice since the Gitanjali of Rabindranath Tagore as in The Prophet of Kahlil Gibran, who is artist as well as poet. I have not seen for years a book more beautiful in its thought, and when reading it I understand better than ever before what Socrates meant in the Banquet when he spoke of the beauty of thought which exercises a deeper enchantment than the beauty of form . . . I could quote from every page, and from every page I could find some beautiful and liberating thought.’
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.
(Part of the verse on marriage)
Have a good writing week, Elise