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Monday, August 20, 2012
Novel or Screenplay?
A couple weeks ago my writing group held a public reading night. A local bookstore gave us the space and a dozen or so members read to whomever stopped by.
Some of our group find these events unnerving but I enjoy them. Maybe there's a little frustrated ham in me. I did have childhood fantasies of being an actress. In fact, I auditioned for our class play in the third grade but I was turned down because I wasn't loud enough. (I'm glad my sons don't follow my blog - they'd be on the floor right now.)
But I digress.
I wrote a short story specifically for this night and I noticed I write differently when I'll be reading the story aloud. For one thing, I skip most dialogue tags and use a different voice for each character. Yes, I know we create separate character voices in our writing, but it's a lot easier to do verbally.
This caused me to remember a critique I once received that said my plot, action, character development, and dialogue were good but I needed to layer in a lot more setting, more visual description.
I'm stronger in plot, action, character development, and dialogue. I like verbalizing (or hearing someone else verbalize) my character's voices. I'm weaker in visual description and setting.
Should I be writing screenplays?
It's an "out of left field" idea and I'll have to do a lot of research and study if I try going in that direction but does anyone have any insight to offer? Any experience you'd like to share?
Couple of notes on upcoming events...
On September 5, I'll have a special guest, author Marilyn Meredith, with a special contest. Don't miss it.
On September 17 I'll be participating in Alex Cavanaugh's latest BlogFest. This should be fun. Why don't you join in?
Trivia Question for Today:
In what country was Britain's Queen Elizabeth II when she became Queen in 1952?