Day 29: Writing and Reality
Tomorrow is my last day! Want to start your own 30 Days of Writing?
How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something in reality that reminds you of your story/characters?
I’m nearly constantly thinking about my writing, usually in dialogue form. I rarely use any of the dialogue I think of, and frequently forget it all in minutes anyways, but the ideas tend to stick. I usually think of dialogue involving two characters where one is trying to convince the other of something and the other is incredibly skeptical. This prompts for in-depth explanation from the former to sway the latter.
This exercise is beneficial in a few ways:
- I can work on how a character’s speech portrays his personality.
- I can find flaws in my storyworld by how well a character can explain it.
- I can see how my characters react to conflict, even if it is small.
- I can better detail the relationship between the two characters in the dialogue.
I usually only stick to two characters since this is all in my head and dialogue with more than two characters can get a bit confusing.
As for the second question, I more frequently try to project reality in my stories than the other way around. If I meet someone or hear of someone with an interesting personality quirk, I’ll consider adding it to one of my current characters. I also have a list of weird events I want to put in a story some day.