Post by Radrook Admin on Apr 16, 2020 16:50:34 GMT -5
As fiction writers of short stories and novels, we have the responsibility of creating characters or personalities that are both interesting and believable. Many methods can be used to convey character. What is included in the dialog or monologue tags is.
Age: Is he a teen, a young adult or an old geezer?
The tone of voice: Deep? Squeaky? Hoarse? Effeminate? Is it gruff?
Accent: New York? Southern? English? Scottish? Irish?
Manners: Is he usually rude or always very polite?
How does he move? Swaggers? Strides? Slowly? Fast? Cautiously? Boldly? Timidly?
Post by Radrook Admin on Apr 17, 2020 2:41:09 GMT -5
That is very true, especially so in a novel. Otherwise, the reader will be creating a different scene from what the writer intended. So it's good to imagine the reader as blind, and unable to hear, taste, or feel anything unless we describe it. That prevents us from assuming that the reader is seeing the story as we are when he is not.
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Post by Radrook Admin on Apr 18, 2020 10:05:34 GMT -5
Narrative and dialogue are used to convey all the things that constitute characterization and provide the reader with the information necessary to become totally engrossed within the world or universe that the writer describes. The trick is to balance them in such a way so as not to weaken the drama and lose the reader's interest in the process.
For example, there was this very famous sci fi writer with whom I always had to struggle to remain interested in the story. He would start each chapter with narrative. Then he would shift to a scene where a dialogue was taking place. The rest of the chapter focused entirely on that dialogue. Next chapter would involve the same sequence. Very little action. Just mundane and boring dialogue. His short stories would often involve the same method. A very short introductory narrative followed by dialogue until the end. He boasted that he could churn out a story at a moment's notice in fiftee minutes.
Yet he became rich using that method! Didn't appeal to everyone but I guess there were enough readers who liked his style to keep him, financially afloat.
In reality, everything happens almost simultaneously. So most readers are going to want some scenery interwoven near the dialogue as sort of a tug and give principal that keeps things shifting intriguingly. Little cat and mouse subtleties really make an impact.
Info dumps as you describe this certain author doing come off as dry and lifeless. Which is why a vast majority will drop such books like a hot enchillada! Neither is straightforwardness always good for holding suspense.
I once said I was going to give my son one of this same writer's books and he responded with: "Please don't!" That made me feel better since all the effusive reviewer accolades he received made me feel as if maybe there was something wrong with my reading perceptions.
Reminds me of how Willie Nelson was always singing with this very pronounced nasal tone and nobody seemed to dare tell him. They were all praises instead. The only one who came near in telling him was Johnny Cash when they were doing a duet and Cash said right in the middle of the song:
"I'm not going to tell him. You tell him!" and willie Nelson Responded with:
"Tell me wot?"
Cash just flashed one of his patented Folsom Prison smirks.
Post by Radrook Admin on Apr 20, 2020 10:39:20 GMT -5
As long as it kept bringing in the dough that's all that mattered. I can imagine him even chirping like a parakeet or quacking like a duck if it brought in the money. Actually, Willie Nelson had once been a regular singer. The problem was that he was not that popular. So he grew pigtails and went nasal and bam! He hit the jackpot almost overnight. So why should he sing the right way when singing the wrong way kept his pockets full of cash?
The same thing with this writer I spoke about. True, maybe he did know that his method was flawed and that many readers were discouraged and stopped reading. But then again, why should he write correctly when the readers who liked his writing were numerous enough to make him rich?
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