Dialogues and Conversations

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As a non-native English writer, writing dialogues that sound real and natural can be a struggle sometimes. Although, to be honest, I feel like I write better in English than my native language.

I wonder what it says about my patriotism. Hmmm…

Anyway, still, writing realistic but properly structured character conversations proved to be a tedious task. And it’s not helping that there are so many guidelines: Continue reading

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Oh That Writer’s Phase!

 

I don’t know about you but I’ve been in a funk lately. And it’s not just the usual I-can’t-think-of-anything-to-write phase. It’s more like the you-suck-and-everything-you-write-sucks-hahaha-you-loser kind of funk.

To be honest, the only thing that’s keeping me from embracing that funk is the fact that if I don’t write I won’t earn any money. If that happens, well, let’s just say that my piling bills and life in general will be unkind.

I’ll probably end up as a beggar just after a week-long sabbatical.

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Inspiration Schminspiration

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You know those times when you can write smoothly without the need for any inspiration? Yeah, me neither.

The truth is I can’t write without getting inspired. Not even a single word. Color me lame, but I still need the nod of approval of the muse of inspiration to get me cracking.

I still need to hear her say, “Go for it, girl. You can do it!

Yep. I also talk to my muse. We’re besties that way.

But aside from my favorite muse, I also get inspiration from other authors. Learn a thing or two from their writing style and take notes on how they approach character development. Nothing like learning from the experts to get motivated.

Lucky for me though, inspiration comes easy. Regardless of where I was at the time.

In my bed…
At the coffee shop…
In the shower…
In the grocery store…

Just random places. And most of the time, there’s no pen and paper in sight. I’ll say, sometimes, inspiration is a bitch.

Just want to let you know, Chapter 4 is live!

Lacey’s Murder Case (A Lacey Thompson Humor Mystery) Chapter 4:

We quietly looked on as George’s body was being wheeled outside the glass doors, the last of the Crime Scene Unit leaving the Amari offices.
My boss was really dead. No use denying it.

I stood there as everybody started chattering about the incident. When a loud wailing sound rose above the noise, we all scrambled to check the source…Read more here!

Other parts:

For the Prologue, click here!
For Chapter 1, click here!
For Chapter 2, click here!
For Chapter 3, click here!

 

Adverbs Schmadverbs

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Adverb is not your friend, they said. Use it only when needed, they said.

Oh but I love Adverbs. Passionately. Irrevocably. Undeniably.

Because they make the dialogue more vivid and the description more, well, descriptive.

She glanced at the pair of brightly colored birds on the sidewalk, happily pecking away at the scattered bread crumbs.

See?

But as the Teenage Writer puts it:

Because, while they are useful, they often clutter prose. The two things that drive your prose are your verbs and your nouns. Those must be as good as they can be. Too often we rely on adverbs and adjectives to help “move” our prose along, making the verbs and nouns weak. 

Crap. Guilty as charged on the last part.

Fine then. From now on, I’ll use Adverbs sparingly……

Oh wait.

Oh That Writer’s Block!

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“I put the folder on top of the desk, intending to leave it there when I noticed my boss’s hand dangling from the chair……”

And then what? I stared at my computer screen and watched as the cursor blinked, one hand hovering above the keyboard, the other picking my nose. Poised to type the next phrase.

But nothing.

Not a short phrase.

Not even a single effin’ word.

(Insert a series of expletives here.)

Writer’s block. How do I even begin to explain this disease that had been plaguing writers since the day they learned how to write? But seeing how I couldn’t even finish a single sentence in my comedy-slash-suspense-slash-chick lit novel, it was probably best to just leave it at that.

And from the looks of it, I need to do the same thing to my novel too. For now, at least. Though it baffles me that I still managed to write this post despite the onslaught of the dreaded condition. Well, fuck it. It gave me an excuse to blog, didn’t it?

So tell me, how do you even get out from this black hole without falling prey to procrastination and laziness?

I mean, writer’s block is just the worst. Well, next to revision. I don’t know about you but whenever the revision process rears its ugly head, I always develop the urge to write the whole thing all over again. Never mind that I’ve already written a good 10,000 words. It seems like I just can’t get it right. Like there’s a huge “CRAP” written all over it.

But guess what? While I was in the middle of procrastinating and writing this blog post (What can I say? Old habits die hard), I stumbled upon this Wikipedia’s description of writer’s block. And I quote:

“It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite.”

Well I’ll be damned.

Okay that may or may not lifted my spirit up a bit. But it sure did give me an epiphany (See? Procrastination can be a blessing to others too). Apparently whenever I see my work as a piece of shit, it’s actually just the writer’s block doing it’s magic.

Let me try that again.

Hmmm….

Mmmmm…

….Nah, it’s really a piece of shit