Since my last post, first drafts of the introduction, prologue and first chapter have been completed. A structure for the whole story is in place and a contact has agreed to open up an archive of material that will add great weight to my argument that more than one person should read A Write Carry On!
Having sussed my angles, reasons and motivations for writing the book, I’m now at the stage where the characters are successful in having their own identities. Now is the time for them to interact, so it’s also time for dialogue!
Dialog is one of the most important components of story, for many reasons:
It relays important information and moves the story forward
It shows what a character is thinking, feeling, doing
It can be funny, scary, sad, dramatic
It breaks up the visual monotony of large, clunky paragraphs
It reads quickly
It can be the most memorable part of a narrative
(Joe Konrath) http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2006/04/elements-of-dialog.html
He said/she said is needed but not every line which can be distracting. But be careful of the opposite extreme so the reader loses sense of who is speaking:
Often, dialogue can be the most underwritten or overwritten part of your story. It can be underwritten when the words you choose aren’t strong enough; when your dialogue is weak. It needs the constant use of adverbs, such as quietly, excitedly, and angrily in order to convey what the dialogue itself should be conveying.
(Vanessa Di Gregorio) http://letthewordsflow.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/dialogue-woes-writing-tips-and-tricks/
So, by the next post I’ll give you an idea of how A Write Carry On dialogue is coming along. If you want to add your dialogue input, just email email@example.com
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People, Places and Memories
Please send no more than one short story or poem at a time to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line of your email put ‘The Dream Catcher Project’. I will endeavour to reply within one working week
We have no word limit, but the story/poem topic should be either ‘people, places or memories’. If it is good, we will publish it!
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