If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time, you might know I’m a bit obsessed with the “verse novel as quilt” metaphor I first made up when writing MAY B. For those of you interested, here are a few posts where I talk about the idea.
As soon as I realized my new verse novel, BLUE BIRDS, would be told in two voices, I knew it was time to “quilt” again, this time to see the balance (or imbalance) of points of view. Here are the first three quilts I created for BLUE BIRDS. Though it improved as time went on, the draft I sold pretty heavily leaned on Alis’s narration.
Guess what my editor said? We need to hear more from Kimi, especially in the beginning and the middle.
This is my quilt after first-round edits.
Alis is still the primary narrator, but Kimi’s portions have definitely increased. I’m curious how this draft will look compared to future edit rounds and the final book itself. Expect several more quilts in the months to come!
If you are a quilter, I’d love to chat. I have this crazy idea about commissioning a quilt once this book is done. It would be a great visual for school visits.
*The Amy mentioned in this post sold her own verse novel, RED BUTTERFLY, a few months ago. Look for it February 2015!