While procrastinating on continuing to fully and carefully edit through my manuscript or novel or whatever the proper term for “original piece of work”, I thought I might glance through the top stories for today. What caught my eye was an article about river piracy
Learning about pingbacks, responding to the weekly photo challenge. This weeks theme from the daily post is security.Source: Security
Here is what I have seen on the subject of security…and the summer hasn’t even started.
So, I have been working through my writing, tightening up and “fixing” the dialogue. I’ve been having problems finding other words (the right verb) for “says” or “explains” or “thinks.” I read through some things online and here’s what I found.
There is something called “constructed speech dialogue”, “unintroduced” dialogue, and direct and indirect speech.
I didn’t even consider the type of dialogue that appears like this within the text: and he was like, “did I do this correctly?” Or I’m like, “are you ready to go?” This type of dialogue is represented by this formula: “be” + “like” = “say” it represents the kind of thing a character would be saying or thinking. I think I used to talk this way. For all I know I still do.
My writing over these last 5 years has been an adventure. Putting together and sorting out certain portions of it and constructing the dialogue is tedious but important for the characters to portray emotions and visualize the setting/situation for the reader.
I have two advanced degrees: a Bachelor of Science in the physical sciences and a Masters in a social science. After those 4 years of lots of math, physics and all the other coursework dealing with integrating science and technology, I worked for roughly six years in laboratory science-biotech and environmental mainly. For me it was a dramatic move into graduate school for Library and Information science.
The most difficult part of graduate school the first year was remembering that I could write at all after years of lab reports. I did pretty well once I got into it. I was always good at reading and writing.
Now, Six years after graduate school, I finally have the time to compile this “original piece of work” I have been working on for the last five years in between all the dead-end jobs I have held. It’s definitely fiction and I am labeling it as a manuscript(I think that’s the correct term), but I suppose it will eventually be a novel. Published or not, I am in search of a sense of accomplishment.
Look for my next blog/entry about dialogue.
So, I sent part of my manuscript (partial manuscript) to a literary agent last year. Don’t ever do this! Especially one in New York! I still feel like it is following me around even after he said it wasn’t for him and I asked him to delete it. Once I am completely done I plan on going another route to try and publish.
Woke up in the middle of the night thinking that I need to speed up my editing process. Out of roughly 120 pages I am only on page 15 or so…editing through it carefully and slowly this time