Joy Of Dawn

Each new day shows His grace, love, and mercy

Conversation

I remember during last years writing class, and in reading Gail Carson Levine’s writing book, that there was one thing that stuck with me. It was that conversation was needed to make a story interesting. Seeing it work in the writing process opened my eyes in a way that I will never see reading or writing in the same light again. All for the better! Right now as I write my NaNo novel I find that conversation is essential but dead boring. I think I know why but it will take some time to correct. All the characters seem to be the same. None of them have a speech mannerism or anything that sets them apart from others.

It is like having the same character take several different forms. There is no distinction between any of them. I can see the distinctions forming but as of now there is little of it written into the story, or should I say showing in the story. That which is written in, is often told wather then seen. So I find an engaging plot plodding along with dead boring characters and their dead boring conversation.

I am plodding along with it dragging this story out just about as long as I can bear to write it. Once the first draft is written I am not sure when I will pick it up again. I feel as though I am living with this story. It hides in my closet, under my bed, in the shower, all over my desk. Every where I go it comes with me. I can feel it working and gathering getting ready for our evening session of typing. It is like nothing I have felt before in my writing. It is like writing something that should already have been written. Yes, when I am writing I often carry the story and characters around with me, it is almost impossible not to. However this time it is different, it is like they are invading.

When it comes time to tell their tale, I do not yet feel like I know or understand them. I have developed this story from old ideas as I have done many times before. This time it is different, the story comes fast. So many things are happening and developing. A whole new plot has erupted from my first scribbled pages of beginnings. It is almost like telling something that has already happened but so long ago that I am forgetting the details and perhaps some of the order. I’m not sure how to make my readers understand my characters! I know that time will bring this to rights. As for now I will try to sum up my boring conversations, work my plot to an end, and set this all aside for a rainy (or snowy) day. On the day I come back to it, perhaps I will see exactly what it is that I should include.

In conclusion, I feel that this November will not have been spent in a vain attempt. I have learned much from this challenge. I don’t think that I will arrive at my 50,000 words but I’ll be a little better prepared for the endeavor next year! Oh, and I think I know just the project I will work on… 🙂

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November 19, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I’m so glad NaNo has been such a good learning experience for you! Perhaps you should try people-watching to help make your characters come to life. I’m in a Starbucks right now, and there are lots of different people here. Some are alone, some are interacting with people; some are in pajamas, some in work clothes, some in work-out clothes. They have different ways of moving, speaking, different quirky little mannerisms. I think it’s helpful, and a good source of out-of-the-box ideas I wouldn’t normally think of on my own. Hope you have a good day, and hang in there with NaNo! 🙂

    Comment by owlandsparrow | November 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. I love to watch people! I have done that ever since I was little. (Some interesting stories related to that! =) However I think you are right. I need to get back to watching. That may very be the solution to my dilemma.
    No, I have not given up on NaNo this year. I am just hoping that I get inspired after I “finished” my first draft. I am not sure I willl make the 50,000 words this year but there is still a little over a week plus a holiday so… There is a chance!

    Comment by joyofdawn | November 19, 2009 | Reply


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