Sunday, January 13, 2008

I Need A Book

I'm taking my bad experience and turning it into motivation. This weekend I've been making a better, stronger query letter for Going It Alone. In the process I've been trying to think of novels that are written in similar formats for reference. I can't think of anything. To me this is a good thing that I have such a unique story but to an agent that may sound like it wouldn't sell. I believe innovation is the key to great art so I'm not giving up but I'm trying to find one or two novels that have a similar aspect other than it has words.
It's a framing story, where a large story pulls a bunch of short stories together. Parts of the story are the writer's journal and other parts are the fiction the writer is writing.
I'm out of ideas. I can't think of anything remotely close except for one short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which bounces from reality to fiction and one graphic novel story, Maus, which goes from a writer writing a story to the story he was writing. To be honest I didn't even come up with those, D.B.Echo did. Either way I'm not sure if referencing short stories or comic books are enough.
I have no idea. I'm so confused.

3 comments:

eddiequik said...

Try Henry Roths book "Mercy of A Rude Stream."

Ashley said...

Thanks for the suggestion! I'll have to check it out.

Anonymous said...

I left a bunch of suggestions at Harry's site. The closest analogies I could think of is The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing and the Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera.