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

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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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.