I mentioned the other day that I’ve been struggling with finding a voice for my new book, which feels like trying to make a soup with no stock*. Everything I’ve written has been in a revolving third person, most with some kind of narrative voice on top of that. I thought I might try first this time–it seemed like the best choice for the book. And I’ve been struggling and staring at empty pages and considering other careers . This morning, I switched to third–with a narrator–and suddenly could mange to string words together for the first time in awhile. My first person is precious, narcissistic, rambling, dull. My fellows-in-blogginess all do it so well, and it isn’t until I try it that I realize how hard it is.

Do you all feel like you can do one better than another?

*I’m assuming, as I can’t actually cook.