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A brief break, then more editing

I took two days off to attend two of the author talks at the local library. Russel Smith has interesting ideas about dialogue.

Today I checked and saw that I'm still on track to finish entering edits by the end of the month.... even if I don't try to catch up. I entered edits on today's ten pages, sending Manon into the catacombs. The perfect lead-up to Hallowee, right? Well, it's November in Mysterious Paris.


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Oct. 21st, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC)
What were the interesting ideas about dialogue?
Oct. 21st, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
He likes having fragmented dialogue, with sentence fragments, and people not always responding to what the other person has said - sometimes hung up on their own thoughts. And people talking around the big issues instead of directly about the big issues.

He's trying to make the dialogue appear more natural and realistic.

He showed some examples of dialogue he likes, and one example of dialogue he doesn't like. Although the example he doesn't like was an extreme in being literary rather than realistic dialogue. The as a group, we wrote a brief scene, mostly with dialogue.
Oct. 21st, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ahh, yes. I tend to agree with him. I don't do a very good job at it, but it's an ideal for me. I often have my characters interrupt each other mid-sentence because of that. The unique grammar of spoken dialogue is something I haven't mastered yet, but I've wanted to. If you read transcripts of interviews or conversational television or radio, it doesn't read *anything* like most written dialogue.
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