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Who’s Doing The Talking

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Today is Monday and it’s time for “The Blog.”  Today I want to share a little about talking in your writing, otherwise known as “Dialogue”.  In fiction anything which isn’t narration and is in quotes is dialogue.  Dialogue holds your reader’s attention, lets them get to know your characters better.  If you went out on a date and there wasn’t conversation, do you think you would go out on a second date.  I wouldn’t and I don’t suspect you would either.  That conversation is vital in establishing a relationship.  It is the same with fiction writing.

You can also do the opposite.  What if you went out with someone who talked all the time.  You couldn’t get a word in because the person wouldn’t shut up.  Would you do a repeat of that performance?  Fiction writing requires  a happy medium.  You want your dialogue balanced with your narration.

You can write about any given moment in a story by two methods:  scene or summary.  Summary is where the action is summarized, or otherwise told to the reader.  Scene writing is where dialogue comes into play (excuse the pun).  Your reader hears the conversation and can see what is happening in their minds eye.  Using dialogue makes the writing stronger.  It makes the writing seems more lifelike and dramatic.

Dialogue moments of real significance to your story.  Examples

Dee and Andy walked to the kitchen, flipped the light on before going to the sink to do the dishes.    Dee would do the washing, and Andy would dry the dishes.

“Hey Andy, are you going to help me with the dishes?”

“Sure I am, you cooked the dinner.”

Dee and Andy walked to the kitchen, laughing at the idea of Dee cooking.  She flipped on the light switch, and they headed to the sink.

“I’ll wash and you can dry, Andy”

“Sure, not a problem.”

The dialogue added more to the scene of the story.  It gave it some life, not just a flat sentence.

We just have to figure out when we want our characters to talk.  When is going to provide the most impact.

Todays video is on Dialogue.  See you Wednesday.

I’m Not A Libra Anymore


What is this world coming to?  While I was in Las Vegas, while visiting a Zodiac Shop, I found out I am not a Libra any more.  A TV crew showed up at the store to interview the owner about the ne zodiac sign, Ophiuchus.  It seems someone decided after 3000 years we needed a new sign.  I am not sure I like this idea very much.  My personality fits the Libra sign of balance and now suddenly I am a Virgo.  I don’t know how to be a Virgo, I am a Libra and plan to stay that way.  I read somewhere that our identity is trying to be changed.

This has created quite a stir.  Some chart readers say the thirteenth sign  has been known about forever and using it you can’t get an accurate read.  Ophiuchus was used 2000 years ago; it was dropped  because the Babylonians did not want thirteen Zodiac signs. Here we are today with the sign added back in causing upheaval in the astrological world.  Ophiuchus symbolizes, enlightenment, medicine, higher education and healing.

I will stay a Libra and let the world continue on as it pleases.  Children born since adding the sign back into the astrological chart can start using it.  I like who I am right now, and staying a Libra suits me and that is my two cents for today.

See if your zodiac sign has changed:

The New Dates:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 – Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 – Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 – Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 – Jan. 20