Even nature is allowed to change directions?

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. https://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2932.html

Suppose it doesn’t happen often, but sometimes a river can decide to redirect itself. This is exactly what has been going on with the Slims River. Meltwater that would normally flow into the river with a course of heading north towards the Bering Sea made an abrupt decision to reroute itself south towards the Gulf of Alaska. Apparently “river piracy” is a real thing

All of this reading about rivers even having the option to change course reminded me of the struggle it has been for me to pull together five years of writing.

When I began, it did not take me long to discover that I was not “just writing a personal journal”. I was finally putting together a book, a novel, a manuscript or whatever it is these “librarian people” wanted or needed me to label it as. Don’t I deserve the right to change the direction of my writing? Especially as it shows itself the more I edit through it?

Tightening up my dialogue-some things I’ve learned

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.

Thinking about my education and how my writing is going

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.