Bleh, so Niklas and I have agreed to try and write at least 2-3k words per a week, because he doesn’t like to write alone and I work best with deadlines. I didn’t really want to edit Nik’s first submission-being that it was a freakin’ mini-novel-but I figured I might as well use my degree for something.
I’ll give Niklas some links he can read over if he wants.
Writing Good Dialogue
And More Writing Dialogue
Dialogue Tips…ooh fancy
Incomplete sentences (he makes mention of dialogue here too)
Ok so maybe there is a bit of theme with all those links. However, it is a dialogue heavy story, so there you go. 🙂 I’ll probably come up with a different set of links during the next round of editing.
As for me, I’m wondering if I should try writing short stories. I don’t really like having people read a WIP, because what’s the point unless you have enough written to make your intent clear? But even then, I don’t know. I’m thinking of just turning in screenshots or something. I’m not really after feedback, after all, mostly just trying to get in the habit again. Actually that’s all I’m trying to do. And maybe do some character fleshing out, which is essentially brainstorming, and who wants people reading their brainstorms? Feels weird. Short stories are a pain in the ass to write, though, that’s the only thing.
It’s not that I’m opposed to feedback, just that I know how I am. During my college workshops I would rarely-in fact I can’t really remember ever doing it-read the line-by-line comments on a piece of work. Well, except poetry but that goes without saying. I also hated writing poetry, by the way. What I would read were the summaries of people’s critiques/suggestions. But such a thing would require a more complete submission. Also, I discarded most of those suggestions and only paid any real heed to about 25% of them. Some of that was because some people didn’t really have much to say (you were graded on whether or not you turned in critiques, so you had to do it), others just plain lacked reading comprehension, and some I just didn’t agree with. Likewise, it is easier to see where you really need to work if you have a lot of reviews: if a large majority had issues understanding a certain plot point, then you need to work on that. If pretty much everyone got it except two, well, maybe those two are special. So yes, I like feedback, but I’ve grown used to it being a little more, um, structured.
I should in fact follow those guidelines with Niklas, and I will, but not on an 18k word submission! 😡 I actually have some critiques from school saved-ones given to me, not that I wrote-and I guess I could scan those and show.
So, where was I going with this, oh yeah, well that’s the kind of feedback I would read. I didn’t bother with looking back through their copy of my story to see any comments, I would only look at the overall impressions and the problems they felt were major enough to mention. And this is the kind of thing Niklas can expect if he decides to give me something more manageable to read. But, again, the problem is that example is based on a finished short story, not a WIP novel. :\ I guess I feel a bit like a fish out of water.
Oh god, in going down memory lane I forgot what I really wanted to mention! I have found this artist-Ludovico Einaudi-whose music does wonders for me while I am writing. It’s always hard for me to find music that can both inspire me, but also not distract me in the process. His album Divenire does that for me.