I’ve been thinking a lot about dialogue and the relationship between people and communication. This is a hard thing for me. As a writer this is one area I really need to learn to develop, especially along the lines of your classic show not tell, I’m good at “telling” a lot of the time and I need to work on that to make my stories the best they can be.
But back to dialogue, I think my issue here is that I am a very quiet person by nature. I’ve always been the quiet person in my circle of friends. I like to listen, I like to hear what people have to say. Yes, when I get going I am good at conversation for a little while, but as soon as that topic is gone I usually go quiet again. It takes a lot for me to process a topic and then come up with points I can make in it. I think this is a big reason why I have problems in conversations myself, because it takes me so long to process the topic by the time that I have come up with a response most people have come up with a new topic to talk about. I’m weird and I process way too much while trying to be in conversations.
But anyways. Conversations and dialogue and the like are not my forte, and I have been trying to use more of it in my writing – granted I’m trying to also not overuse it in my writing as well. I’ve discovered talking on paper is a lot easier and faster then talking in real life. I definitely get as much time as I want to think of response and the world doesn’t go on until I do. It also helps that my characters talk back to me in my head.
So for all you few readers who read this blog quietly, does how you write dialogue mirror how you talk to people, or are there those out there that are like me?
Cara Mia Amore