Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Middle-itis, Dialogue, and Characters


IWSG post for July time! The Insecure Writer's Support Group posts every first Wednesday of the month. July's co-hosts are: Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott! 


It's July already? Gosh, where has this year gone? 

I'm still drafting my Victorian-set story. As usual, my drafting pace is plodding. I wish I could write faster, but my pace is my pace, I suppose. I've been strangely spacey the last month or so when it comes to writing, even a little disinterested. 

Clearly, I'm in full Sagging Middle-itis. I'm also having some issues with where to go with the story line next; I know where it's going, but as always, I'm having that little problem with planning the next steps in how to get to the next part. 

The connective tissue of a story has never exactly been my strongest suit. 

However, to answer the IWSG question for July--What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I can think of two things. Different people have told me that I write really good dialogue--I think what they mean is that the dialogue doesn't seem forced or too crafted but that it's not boring either? Some of it's even funny! I hope! 

I've also been told that my characters (well, some of my characters) are pretty reasonably engaging. 




17 comments:

  1. I think the middle is where the initial excitement has worn off, too. It's no longer fueling our forward movement and now we have to push ourselves! Which is no fun. Kind of like the difference between being pulled in a wagon and having to pull our own wagon, except now it's full of bricks and we have to figure out where they go!

    :) I'm also spacey. I just want to watch Ninja Warrior and drink lemonade. I know I'll be okay once I get a chapter or two down in editing, but it's so hard to motivate myself! I need a vacation. Haha.

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    1. Oh, definitely. I mean, I have some Stuff coming up, but yeah, in general, it's that stage where you're like,"Oh, this is the story I'm stuck with." :-)

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  2. I'm lining up with you in the slow writers category. Middles are hard. Somehow everything has to stay interesting while moving forward. But keep plugging away!

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  3. Those are great compliments! Always play to your strengths. As for the lagging and disinterest, I went through a year of that. I think it mostly had to do with my day job. It was physical and I came home to mentally and physically exhausted to do any writing, and then I just got out of the mindset. It's been hard work to get back into it. But with a little patience and persistence (keep trying, but don't be too hard on yourself) you'll get there. :D Great post! ;D

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    1. It's starting to come back around because I know I'm getting up to a sequence of more dramatic and funny things coming up, so there's that. Patience and persistance, as you say.

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  4. Sagging Middle-itis, I've never heard that one before but I definitely know the feeling! Here's to fighting the good fight even when it feels like a slog.
    Anne from AnneHiga.com

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    1. Well, sagging middle. I added the "itis." lol

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  5. Stuck-In-The-Middle-itis is my greatest fear.
    That's two great comments about your writing. Lots of writers struggle with dialogue, so you're one of the lucky ones. Way to go!
    Writer In Transit

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    1. Sagging Middle is real. And it's awful!

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  6. Hi Michelle,
    I know that disease, Stuck in the Middle. It happens to me also but hang in there. You'll get through it.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Patricia

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  7. The great swampy middle as Jim Butcher calls it. I've been there. Best of luck working your way through!

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  8. Writing the middle of a story can feel like walking through knee-deep mud, but you can get to the other side. Have you considered throwing in a small crisis to perk up the action in those middle chapters and get you back on track?

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  9. Thanks so much for visiting my blog this month, Michelle! Hope to "see" you again.

    Ah, the Middle of the Book blues. I think we've all had them. The only way out of them, I've found, is through. Keep writing and the answers will appear to you. Seriously.

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    1. Hi J.H! It's certainly true that writing through is the best way to get through. I've written a lot since this post went up.

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