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My New Fiction Project

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I've been attempting to start my next fiction project for a while now, but I've been slow to make progress. I'm calling it 'my next fiction project' instead of 'my next book' or 'my new novel' because I'm hoping that this project will encompass both multimedia digital and pbook/ebook elements. The overall story arises out of my ongoing digital fiction project http://www.flightpaths.net, and my plan is for it to include a novel written by me, plus a collection of collaborative digital fictions.

This sounds complicated, but for me it is part of a process of trying to join things up, of my desire to unite print and multimedia elements to create a larger story.

The way I see it now, the end result will be several things, indeed several ways into the story. There will be a novel. There will be a collection of web apps. And there will be a large-scale digital fiction project that involves two of the main characters from the novel, but is set a couple of years prior to the novel. In a way, I suppose, overall, the project will create a 'storyworld'; hopefully all the components will both stand on their own, as well as contribute to an overall narrative whole.

Okay. I've said it. Or rather, I've written it down in this blog. Now I just have to go and do it. That's the thing about writing: at the end of the day, what counts is the graft. And talking about it is always so much easier than actually doing it.

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Kate Pullinger

Kate Pullinger writes for both print and digital platforms. In 2009 her novel The Mistress of Nothing won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects, Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel, have reached audiences around the world.

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