Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:27 pm Post
Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:06 pm Post
Thequietone wrote:I suggest you post an example as "abysmal" does not tell anyone exactly what is wrong.
Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:53 pm Post
Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:40 pm Post
Ye gods, no. I'd rather not subject myself to that, as I'm already feeling wretched about my prose non-skills.
Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:41 pm Post
Sun Feb 17, 2008 5:28 pm Post
Sun Feb 17, 2008 6:54 pm Post
Wock wrote:A little role play may help.
Sit back and think to yourself how would you (the character) see things and how would you act towards things if you were really there. What would you notice and what body language would you use?
Wock wrote:When writing dialogue the first rule is to FORGET all writing rules.
Matthew Graybosch wrote:Get a copy of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style if you don't already have one. Take advantage of the dictionary app that comes with OS X. And keep writing. Talent is a blade. Everybody gets one, but whether you get a pocketknife or a katana, your blade is always blunt at the beginning. You have to keep writing to sharpen it.
Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:05 pm Post
vic-k wrote:Raddish, my little plump pink one,
vic-k wrote:go on, gi`s a look
vic-k wrote:PS ChÃ©ri beware the winged wackoe! his idea of roll play is `"You show me yours, and I`ll show you mine."
Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:09 pm Post
Radish wrote:Wock wrote:A little role play may help.
In all frankness, my worst foible at this time is not the dialogue or characters' [inter]actions or the story structure, but my ability to describe all that -- my prose tends to be very dry, and very trite. It lacks poetry, it lacks the 'music' of the written word. It is, in a single syllable, "meh".
So I gotta figure out how to un-meh my rassa-frassin' prose.
Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:48 pm Post
alexwein wrote:I notice, ahem, you are in Portland, Oregon?? WELCOME!!!! (Ha! Just a few more and we'll be able to take over the Scrivener forum, as I've planned all along! )
If you are interested in workshops and/or classes, I can send you a private email if you like with a few links. I'm certainly not going to have an exhaustive list.
It takes courage to be a writer!
So, take the plunge, dear Radish! You can do it in a safe way with people who only have an investment in helping you be a better writer.
Just my 2 cents!!
Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:05 pm Post
Ahab wrote:Read it out loud. Although this isn't the quickest way to detect wooden prose, it's certainly the cheapest and easiest. Your ear readily separates "writing" from "speaking."
Sun Feb 17, 2008 8:24 pm Post
Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:19 am Post
Radish wrote:It lacks poetry, it lacks the 'music' of the written word. It is, in a single syllable, "meh".
Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:43 am Post
Studio717 wrote:I'd recommend doing the exercises in Ursula K. LeGuin's Steering the Craft. I've mentioned it before in terms of how wonderful the section on Point of View is, but the other sections are also brilliant, imo.
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