When I started outlining my drafts for my work in progress werewolf novel During the Blue Hour. I decided to use epistolary writing for some of my scenes.
Epistolary writing is where the novel is written in mostly documents which include letters and journal entries. The most popular example of epistolary writing in fiction was in 1897 when Dracula was published.
Bram Stoker the author of Dracula uses not only one type of epistolary writing but three; letters , journal entries and newspaper clippings to tell the story of Dracula and how he tried to move to England and interacted with Van Helsing. There are letters between two other characters as well.
And another cool thing is that Dracula is not even the first example of epistolary writing . The earliest known example is a book written in 1740 called Pamela . This book is told through letters about a girl who is a maid and sends the letters to her parents.
So there you go epistolary writing is mostly compilation of letters between characters .
In my work in progress I use journal entries that my main character Sirena writes to her missing father about her everyday life and what is going on in her society . But that is not the only journal there is in my novel. There is also the journal of her father . These two journals play an important part in my novel because without the two journals we would not know my main character in the same way if I didn’t have her writing those entries . And through her father’s journal not only will my character but the reader will find out things about her father and the werewolves as a whole.
So it’s a lot of information and basically a tale of two journals that will ultimately explore the truth , hopes and dreams of the two related characters .
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