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Old 03.08.2011, 13:30
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As a spin off of this idea: Bored this summer? Why not write a novel? and this similar one (not trying to hijack, just a variation for those non CH resident that might be interested): Bored this summer? Why not write a novel?
I thought I would start this thread as a place to be a source of assistance and idea bouncing for would be writers.
The idea is that people can post up questions or tips, suggestions for websites that could be of use, agents, publishers, dictionaries, thesaurus (thesauri?) etc.
The idea posted by Snickers for a face-to-face meet is excellent, unfortunately no use for me as I am no longer CH resident, nevertheless I'm sure that people in Switzerland could make use of that suggestion. My idea is to provide a similar feedback platform in the virtual world. Maybe this duplicates plenty of other websites or systems, I don't know. I just thought it might be of interest to some.

I'll start the ball rolling by asking a question and I'd welcome input

How do you avoid boring repetition when writing dialogue? By this I mean "blah blah blah" said John. "Oh no, that's not right!" answered Susan. "Well, blah blha " said John. etc etc The problem is finding enough variants of "said" / "answered" / "replied" etc. I know that this can be somewhat mollified by using adjectives such "replied angrily" and so on but I'm finding this point is something that sticks out when re-reading my own writing. As an aside, I personally find writing dialogue in such a way that it sounds realistic is quite challenging. At present, I am writing a childrens' story, the dialogue has to be as per youngish children would use thus I can't use overly complicated solutions to the he said/she answered problem such as retorted, responded etc.
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Old 03.08.2011, 13:33
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Re: The Write Stuff

More description of what they are doing in between...
Implied narrator on sentences said?



There is nothing wrong with being repetitive.... If you are Faulkner...
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Old 03.08.2011, 13:37
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More description of what they are doing in between...
Implied narrator on sentences said?



There is nothing wrong with being repetitive.... If you are Faulkner...

That's a good point, I've been doing both where I think I can get away with it. Thanks.

BTW, Faulkner would be all right if I was lying around dying.
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Re: The Write Stuff

Perhaps describing the speaker's attitude (as you said "she said angrily"), the environment, the tone, for example:
"- I hate you - her lips trembling lightly
- You know I am right

Tears built up in her eyes, pride holding them back in suspense.
- I hate you still."

Throwing in a few gender specific possessives helps when there are male+female speakers. In multiple party discussions you will have to use the "X said", "Y replied", obviously garnishing the "replied" with a bit more discourse, e.g.
"- But I have never been to Rome. How will I find my way around ?" Tommy asked, undecided about his next steps. Getting lost was not in his plans, neither was staying put, doing nothing."
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That's a good point, I've been doing both where I think I can get away with it. Thanks.

BTW, Faulkner would be all right if I was lying around dying.
I wish DB would see this thread.

I want to feel validated in my sentiment that reading faulkner in english and spanish was close to torture...
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@Caleb, many thanks for that, that's a good suggestion. Unfortunately as this thread is in "off topic" the thanks/bitch and moan buttons are absent.
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I wish DB would see this thread.

I want to feel validated in my sentiment that reading faulkner in english and spanish was close to torture...

If it's any consolation, I can confirm that reading "As I lay dying" as a set book at school was torture, I hated this book. Now I might appreciate it more I suppose.
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I want to join, but as English is not my native language I thought I would start one is Spanish...funny thing is, I have discovered I am funnier in English...
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I want to join, but as English is not my native language I thought I would start one is Spanish...funny thing is, I have discovered I am funnier in English...
I should certainly join the Spanish one as well !!!

Thank you, Louis, I don't do it for "thanks", I do it out of sheer love.
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Re: The Write Stuff

One website I make us of from time to time is this one: http://www.kleimo.com/random/name.cfm

as the name suggests, it generates random names. you can select Male/female/both and how many results you want. Quite useful when looking for a particular character name, I used a couple and others provoked further ideas for my own created character names.
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