CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

August 14, 2014

A Bookish Choice: Authoring for Obscurity or for Popularity


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

AUTHORING FOR OBSCURITY OR FOR POPULARITY

A BOOKISH CHOICE:

A literary-minded witch gives you a choice: with a flick of the wand, you can become either an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades, or a popular paperback author whose books give pleasure to millions. Which do you choose?

It seems my choice was made when I read one sentence in my maternal genealogy: Madame Rosalie de Leval gave her land to Louis des Isles. I set out to discover who Madame Rosalie was and why she would give my ancestor her land. In the process, I discovered a unique French woman whose story had never been told. Such a strong woman deserved to be recognized.

And so I set out on a journey of discovery.

Had I known then the paths where this journey would take me, its twists and turns, I might have flapped my wings and flown in a different direction, not unlike a bird does when it senses a cat nearby. By the time I realized I was in over my head I was too

intrigued by the story, too invested in the story, to quit.

So the wand flicks, and I’m becoming an obscure novelist—historical novelist—whose work could be admired and studied by a select few for decades.

There’s a flip side. The last third of my novel changes direction, and could easily become a sequel to the first two-thirds. It continues the story of Madame Rosalie. However, she fades into the background, becoming a minor character, while Louis des Isles his wife, Mary Googins, and Joseph Swett move into the main character position.

Theirs is an Enoch Arden* story. Albert Tennyson’s epic poem, Enoch Arden, and Louis and Mary’s story, match line for line except for the beginning and the end, and variations in the middle. Both are stories of women believed to be widows after their husbands were presumed lost at sea. Each remarries, years later their husbands reappear with a plausible story of their absence.

Their story qualifies for being a popular paperback which gives pleasure to millions of readers.

Thus, in the end, I don’t have to choose. I simply have to write the story I’m working on and I will have the best of both worlds—being an obscure novelist and a popular paperback novelist.

It’s a win-win situation, don’t you think?

Now, if I could just finish that novel…

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ADDITIONAL READING

The website for my novel can be viewed at http://intertwinedlove.wordpress.com/intertwined-love-the-novel/

 

 

a flick of the wand, you can become either an obscure novelist whose work will be admired and studied by a select few for decades,

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3 Comments »

  1. Definitely win-win. good Luck on the novel, it really sounds interesting!

    Comment by Annie of the Twinkling Stars — August 17, 2014 @ 4:30 pm | Reply

  2. […] A Bookish Choice: Authoring for Obscurity or for Popularity […]

    Pingback by Who Cares? About What I Write | Carolyn's Online Magazine — January 26, 2015 @ 12:44 am | Reply

  3. Interesting twist on this prompt. I like it.

    Comment by Marialena Gallagher — July 21, 2015 @ 1:36 pm | Reply


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