Reading and Writing

18 Jan

I love to read. I’ll devour newspapers, light fluffy romance novels, scientific magazines, computer training manuals and biographies. It doesn’t really seem to matter. My Kindles are among of my best friends and Book Bud is a treasure with all of the free and low cost books. I started loading up last Fall before we had to cancel the cruise and I’m back on track for this up coming cruise. We did switch Kindles. I’ve reclaimed my original Kindle and given Harry the Kindle Fire. He gets to follow along as the book is read to him. It took him a while to get with the program but he is happy to have that reading experience again. I’ll make certain that he has 2 or 3 books and audio to keep him going.

Until I found Book Bud, I had a small group of favorite novelist. I had hoped that I could pick up hints on how to write good dialog in my own novel. I’ve been frustrated because I always think my dialog sounds too stilted or choppy. To me it has been almost an artificial way to move the story line along. Now that I’ve read a few dozen free novels, I’ve discovered why a many of them are in the bargain bin and that I’m not alone in having stilted or choppy dialog.  I will need to go back and read some of the better authors but I will not let my bad dialog hold me back. I’ll have 10 full days of our 14 day cruise to spend some time writing if I don’t get started on it sooner. The time has come. I really don’t have any good excuses unless I use this blog as my only writing exercise. I haven’t been too faithful with it so it must be time to get started on the next major project of my retirement.  I’ll keep you posted.


2 Responses to “Reading and Writing”

  1. gramajanJanice Clark January 19, 2014 at 7:58 PM #

    Writing dialog is a role-playing game. If you can get into your character’s mind-set the words will come. There are some excellent books available on dialog, but in the end it has to come out of the writer’s mind. You become the character and play out the scene in your mind. If you can find a good writers’ group it helps. Look for people who can tell you what they liked, and also what they didn’t. My group tells me I have a gift for dialog, but they haven’t seen all the horrible stuff I was writing even a few years ago. It takes lots of practice.

    • compterteach January 20, 2014 at 7:13 AM #

      Thanks, Jan. I always hated role playing exercises at work but I’ll keep trying. For now it is just gettin back into that mindset.

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