It’s December 27th, 2020 and we’re almost a decade into my journey of writing The Perfect Fit. When I began, I was chasing the wonder of a story that had caught my mind’s attention. I was young, naive, and yet to experience love, except through the countless films and stories I immersed myself in to escape.
“Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, Leanne.” Words etched into my brain by my primary teacher Miss L, whose efforts to help discipline and direct my creative brain by demanding my attention in the re-write of my George & the Dragon essay four times, in some way helped to mould me into the writer I am today.
It was a little like getting braces from the dentist to help your teeth stay aligned. “Remember the structure, Leanne. Cut the waffle, and get to the point.” I was a queen at waffling. Despite growing and learning to do better, there were still many occasions at high school where I would be given a book to read, and my report or essay would be based on the blurb at the back of the book.
BACK TO SCHOOL…
English at school was super regimented and not satisfying enough for my artist and creative brain, but I understand that it has its place, and what is good for us to learn isn’t always what’s appealing. A bit like feeding peas to children, perhaps.
Writing outside of the lines was something I really enjoyed doing. Being in control of the pen and heading out into the great unknown to see where the pen and paper would take us was the thrill I always looked for. Over the years, whilst trying to chase that dream of becoming an author alongside growing in my own skin, I was met with some rejection and misunderstandings that really I listened to a little too well.
FINDING MY PASSION…
My love for storytelling, books, and films grew beyond the box that the world would have you believe is the only box to fit in, and if you don’t… well then you can’t. I never professed to be the most grammatically correct writer in the world. I don’t think questioning the pen to the point of is this period a period gets us anywhere in the land of creating a story, but I realise that after many more years have passed writing The Perfect Fit in the present tense is not something to be ashamed off, but to embrace.
The shirking sounds of “experienced writers” in one of the many evening writing courses I took at Glasgow University told me that my writing style was different to most fiction novels, and a little like Emily Bronte’s novel Emma because I choose to tell the story through my main character, Sophia. Little did I know that most novels are written in the third person to make it easier for the author to switch between characters when telling the story.
I write this to say that 10 years later I’ve now finally understood why it’s ok to write in the present tense and not to shy away from the story that captured my imagination almost 22 years ago. Here’s a great article on How to write a novel in the present tense and four advantages to it.
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