‘I like how all these purple grapes are just … round,’ my ten year old announced.
To me that is a perfect sentence, even more so because it is dialogue. How much could an individual gather from that? Personally I feel it has huge character potential.
‘Urgh.’ He points to a grape covered in white fur. ‘Most are good, some are really bad though.’
How can I ever struggle to write when constantly engulfed in inspiration? I often forget to be an active listener.
One of the first exercises any creative writing course tends to teach on dialogue is to sit in a public place and discretely note conversations. It is always a valuable activity.
The last time I tried properly (last year) I was in a pub and overheard a table of four discussing their holiday home in Spain and then switch to Grenfell tower.
One of the gentlemen remarked, ‘Well I’m certain you’d be able to source some really cheap cladding now if nothing else.’
I almost left my seat to speak with their group as they chuckled and ate oblivious to anyone listening.
I’m not really sure what point if any I am trying to make here, except that the way I craft my blog posts is much like my writing. Very little thought and winging it can sometimes makes it more interesting. An Artist had the exact same comments with me this morning. Oh and also perhaps don’t trust a gentleman with a Spanish holiday home who thinks there is humour to be had a couple of weeks after such a terrible tragedy. It beggars belief.
Trying to come back to some sort of thread though, how often do you find yourself reading fiction thinking that would never happen and in the same breath experience real life thinking no one would believe this was real?
I think that just means try not to over think what you are writing sometimes. I’m guilty of that and whilst it is great to be mindful of your words and subsequent interpretations by a reader, this shouldn’t necessarily make you question how believable it will feel. If you take the time to create credible characters then have the confidence to let them make strides in their own right, you can make the unbelievable a reality. Isn’t that what makes writing so intoxicating?
I realise this entire website is becoming a kind of strict dialogue with myself to keep me on track but that’s OK, especially if anyone else can take something from it too.
I have carried out some writing but also some cuts, my work in progress only sits at 12.5k, still a long way to go if I am to graduate on time. Eeek!
Today’s tip: birds and stones, I am incidentally writing about birds, aim to acheive as much as possible with each word, sentence, paragraph and learn to listen to your instincts. Play with dialogue, read it out loud to check how it sounds, take note of conversations around you and think about ways you can feed them to your characters.
Then as you edit remember the grapes, most are good, some are really bad but at the end of the day if they are purple they are all … just round.
I may be suffering from heat stroke … just a little today.