Found my voice

I haven’t started the new story yet, or for that matter, done any writing at all since sending the latest one off on Monday.  There have been lots of distractions:  Zach has an ear infection (his first).  We have contractors at the house repairing a closet that was damaged by a leaky shower.  It’s been non-stop hectic.  But the other problem I’ve had–the one that is stymied me–is that I lost the voice for the character.  I had the voice running through my head a few weeks ago, and then it was gone.  I couldn’t seem to get it back.  It was really disappointing because I liked the voice.

Last night, however, while in the shower, the voice came back.  The entire opening of the story was rendered clearly in my head in the voice I was looking for, and if I’d had a keyboard in the shower with me, I could have typed it out as dictation directly from my brain.  I made sure to lock it in so as not to loose it again.  And sure enough, when I woke up this morning, the voice was still there, strong as ever.

I hope to get started on the new story this evening.  I’m trying to write a series of shorter stories over the next month or two.  My goal is to keep them all at 4,000 words or less (my stories typically run 7-10K words; “In the Cloud” was 7,500 words).  We’ll see how it goes.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.