Dialog or Narrative?

I realized last night (and as soon as I finish here I’m going to go repair it) that I like writing dialog toooooo much. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s fun. Then I hit narrative and BAM, a red light that doesn’t want to change. I wonder why? I need to fix this, and am open to any pointers on improving narrative! (And if you were here before and read a different post attached to this photo, I deleted it, because it was causing a stir. I don’t like hate mail.)

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5 thoughts on “Dialog or Narrative?

  1. Jenn on the Island says:

    Too many people are giving too much advice on this subject right now, and it really seems to be stressing people out.

    I have given myself permission to not write. I refuse to feel guilty for spending time on other things.

    Besides, I’d rather write 1000 words that I’m really happy with than force myself into 100,000 words that I end up editing into 1000 six months down the road.

    Congrats on writing when and as much as you need to.

  2. Lauren Dane says:

    All you can do is write your book. In whatever way you can. There’s a lot of great advice out there and a lot of crap too. You pick and choose and apply what works and define success in a way that’s most meaningful to you.

  3. Lyric says:

    Well, seeing as though you have 11 books on your website either published, or waiting to be published…it may be that your combination of dialogue and narrative is just fine, so I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Just write the book your heart wants you to write, and if you want to go back afterwards and add a little narrative here and there, go for it.

  4. Jenn on the Island says:

    Yeah, but now my comment looks totally out of place…

    I hate writing dialogue. They never say what I mean them to.

  5. Rene Lyons says:

    I agree with writing what you write and that’s it. We all have our own writing style and like Jenn said that there are way too many poeple dishing out advice. Lately, everyone with a computer and an Internet connect seem to be pretending they are ‘experts’on writing. What to do ot not to do to write that perfcet mansucript. Hell, if there was some magic secret out there anyone could do it. Right? So you know what I do? I sit down and write what’s in my head. Good or bad, that’s all I can write. If I start stressing about everything I’ve read about the do’s and don’t’s I drive not only myself nuts, but my editor as well.

    I do take some advice, such as to watch for garbabge words and infor dumps (and I’m sure I’m still guilty of both). I also keep and eye out for passive writing since that’s a weakness of mine. But I won’t change my writing style. Thsi is the style I got published with, so obviously my editor likes it. If she feels it needs to be changed, then I’ll take her advice. Other than that…when I site down to write I just do my thing and hope it’s good.

    Wow….I ran off there, huh? lol

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