It seems my marathon training and my writing capacity are intrinsically linked.
As my weekly mileage has increased over the last eight weeks I’ve found myself battling to produce anything more than micro-fiction. A drabble here, a fifty-five word flash there and a haiku perched in between them on some sort of minimalist plinth.
I’m assuming haikus perch. It seems fitting to me.
I’ve hardly done any running this week as I rest up ahead of Sunday’s marathon and all of a sudden I’m getting ideas for longer pieces and the appetite for experimentation back.
This can only be a good thing.
For a long time I’ve wanted to play around with an unusual point of view – second person future to be exact. I had no idea what second person future was until I read a couple of stories a year or two back which employed this technique and they really stood out and stuck with me. For anyone who is as confused as I generally am, second person future (so I’m led to believe) goes something like this:-
You’ll open your eyes and you’ll see her, the shape of her body curling away from you. You’ll kiss her neck. Breathe in the scent of her skin. You’ll know what it is to be alive.
It’s quite tricky to sustain but it’s a great way to stretch your writing brain a little further than normal. Like all less-used POVs it can easily come across as a bit tricksy and gimmicky so it’s important to have the right story idea to try it out on. I got lucky today and had a story idea which I think is enhanced by telling it from this perspective. It’s still in draft but I think this might be good enough to test out on a few willing (or unwilling) short story website editors in the next few days.
Will keep you posted or post it here. Who can say what the future holds…
In the meantime if any of you lovely people have got odd storytelling angles you’ve wanted to try out (or have had success with) leave a comment and let me know!