From a cloud, you see the earth. From the earth, you see a cloud. From a mountain, you see both
It’s all about perspective. As writers, we don’t want to limit ourselves to our own unique perspective, one single way of looking at the world. [Click to Tweet] We want to tell stories rich with diverse viewpoints and varied understandings of life.
How do we do that?
"Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs."
Dialogue should be the simplest thing to write. After all, we spend the greater part of our lives listening to people speak, ramble, argue, whisper, and scream. We listen to them in real life, on television, in movies. Strangers and friends and family. We converse. We eavesdrop. We use our own voices.
So why is writing dialogue so damn hard?
For me, Scrivener is up there with books, dogs, and peanut butter. If you have ever had a conversation with me, you know how high of a compliment that is.
I genuinely feel that if you are a writer of any sort (including academic) and have not used Scrivener, you are missing out on something.
Let me start at the beginning.
Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my Twitter experience, and my online experience in general. Let me tell you something.
I was a Twitter holdout.
I never understood Twitter. 140 characters? What am I supposed to do with that? I had the image of the old days of social media, when people posted live updates (usually beginning with the word is) and I thought of Twitter as some sort of stalking network.