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Forgive me, I’m allergic to overloaded plot lines.

I said I was going to update weekly, right? Woops.
I feel like I just came up for a breath of fresh air for the first time in two weeks. I’ve even been too busy to make myself proper meals most days. I really need to change that. I could just make myself a sandwich, but I’m cutting bread out of my diet; maybe permanently. I’ve been feeling sick lately, and I realized I’d been overloading on bread products. As soon as I stopped eating those — significantly better. Ate a graham cracker yesterday and felt icky again. So.. gluten allergy? Who knows. I’m really sad though, ’cause I love bread!

Which, coincidentally, brings me to my writing topic for the day.

No, I’m not going to be talking about the bread. What  I want to talk about are those scenes or lines we want to put into a story when they JUST DON’T WORK. Sure, it’s cool, it’s funny and it’s an epic line but does it really fit in that story? You might look at it and grin, but you’re reader is going to say, “Something’s off here.”

They might not know what it is, but they will know that something is keeping them from fully enjoying the story. On the other hand they might say, “What the heck? Why would [character’s name] do that when on page 37 he clearly…” You can’t throw a joke in where it doesn’t belong, and you can’t throw in a scene or line that doesn’t mesh with the rest of the plot line or the characters.

If you really like that line or idea, it can go in another story. I’m not saying that you should highlight it and hit delete. Instead, save it in a separate document. Have a whole document dedicated to those things that are too good to throw away but won’t fit in anything that you’re currently working on.

That’s it for today. Let me know if you like my posts, hate them or you’re indifferent. Whatever. And, if anyone has any good, quick recipes that are gluten free please share.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Write.

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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Life, Writing

 

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Being Busy and Grammar Nazis

So… I tried something a while back (like a week ago) and it didn’t work out quite as expected. If you noticed it, erase it from your mind! Okay, just kidding. It wasn’t really embarrassing. There just happened to be a posting fail.

Anyways… I have some good news and I’ve got some bad news. Good news: I’m busy. Bad news: I’m busy.

It’s good for me financially that I’m busy ghost writing and what-not, but it’s bad for my personal writing. This blog fits into that category. I’ve been pretty bad when it comes to updating this blog already, but I really want to organize my schedule a little better in order to post at least once a week on this. So, the challenge has been made. I will be posting something — anything — on Fridays or Saturdays.

I feel like Fridays would work since that is the day when I finally recover from the crazy week and stop panicking about my schedule. I usually start that again on Sunday evening.

*cough*

There’s the information and here’s something about writing — Do you know how many grammatical errors we make in our day to day speech? I had to transcribe something this week and — wow — the person use “and” a lot. They also left a lot of sentences fragmented. In writing it was basically a mess of run-on sentences and those fragmented thoughts.

This, honestly, is how a lot of people talk. So, when you start writing your dialogue you should keep this in mind. It’s okay if you polish it up just a little bit, but don’t make them sound like a posh intellect who speaks with precision and poise unless they are a posh intellect. No matter how time consuming my experience was in the end, it was a good reminder of what dialogue should really be like. People don’t often edit what they’re going to say in day to day conversations so they make mistakes and sometimes use double negatives.

If you’re writing  grammatically perfect dialogue all of the time it’s going to sound artificial. Don’t do it if you think you’re doing a favor for your reader by being the grammar Nazi. Wat your reader wants is a story they can believe, even if it’s just for that moment.

Note: If it’s a children’s book, you can be a grammar Nazi. I kid isn’t going t understand the different between vernacular and proper grammar.

Okay, I’m off to work again.

Eat. Sleep. Read. Write.

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Life, Writing

 

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