Today, I was going to record a video of reading my pieces from my Undergraduate Reading Series, but my camera isn’t working, so instead I’m answering a common question I’ve received from a few readers who’ve read November Snow.
I’ve gotten the permission from my recent emailer, but they wish to remain anonymous:
“I’m about halfway through your novel [November Snow] and I’ve noticed a couple grammatical faux pas. I was wondering if they are intentional to add to the story’s setting.”
In response to this question, I’m posting two editorial reviews that critiqued this aspect of my debut novel:
These can be found on Barnes & Noble.
Witty Industries, in their entire review, actually said, “Her technique can be used for educational purposes and for recreational learning…perhaps, a young reader, who’s studying the novel, can review the grammatical process, and be quizzed about what they found–all while being entertained. This book is a great learning tool for its audience.“
It is my hope that this feature of my novel adds to your enjoyment of November Snow. Maybe, if you want a writing prompt, try to brainstorm unique writing styles in order to enhance your characters’ voice. In my novel’s case, my characters are abandoned children, who live together in “flocks” as they attempt to survive a dystopian election. Many of them are uneducated. Through this, I thought their voices should also be uneducated, and I used syntax to enhance that.
How can your writing be enhanced from syntax and/or diction that is normally classified as abnormal?
Have a great Saturday!