My first drafts are word dumps where I do just that – dump out as many words and scenes and characters as possible. Then I go back and clean everything up. Cut out awkward scenes and kill my darlings, you know how it is.
Right now, I’m stuck on my dialogue.
We’re told to write realistically, to make it sound the way a person would speak. Sometimes I read a passage outloud and no, it doesn’t work, it sounds too formal.That’s definitely something I learned while watching Eastenders last night.
Here’s the word I’m stuck on now: “Gonna”.
Nobody says “I’m going to head over to Starbucks.” I mean, maybe sometimes someone actually will say it? But I watched some TV shows and every character says “gonna”. So people generally really actually do say “gonna”. “I’m gonna head over to Starbucks.” “I’m gonna eat that pizza.” “This is gonna be good!” The word really is an authentic part of dialogue.
Then why does it feel so weird for me to use it? It just looks so out of place for me, and stands out when I read dialogue between characters. Is it just me, am I overthinking this tiny word? Or is “gonna” really bad to use in my writing?
Oh well. I’m gonna go drown my sorrows in more wine. And do more editing.
*It’s never gonna get old
I read this article today about Renee Zellwegger watching Eastenders to perfect her accent for her Bridget Jones role.
LOVE IT. In my latest novel, one of my characters is a Polish dude who watches Eastenders to learn how to speak English.
Me and this show have a bit of history. I once worked at a TV station here in Canada that broadcasts this show. My job was to watch all the week’s episodes and write a gossip type column about the week’s events. Yes. I was paid to watch Eastenders. Let that sink in for a minute. Best job ever, right?
Anyways, I haven’t watched it since. But after reading this article, I realized I need to start watching Eastenders again. Why? Because parts of my novel take place in London, and my British dialogue was falling flat.
OH MY GOD. I’ve missed this show.
I think I’m enjoying my research a LITTLE bit too much!
P.S. I’VE NEVER ACTUALLY SEEN BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY
Prompt: Tell us about a time someone accidentally grabbed your boobs.
Okay. So there I was, walking down Bay Street, heading back to work after lunch. I was late, of course, because I had to pause to visit the LCBO on my way back. I was rushing like Usain Bolt to get back to my desk before my boss decides she prefers my desk to be empty, which caused me to dart in between the slowpokes. In front of me, a man was talking with a lady. They were so engrossed with their conversation that they were not in any hurry to get anywhere and clearly were in my way.
I rudely darted in front of the man so I could pass them at the light. The light was red. As I took a step forward, he took a step forward. Our bodies collided. Instinctively, his hand went up to pat my shoulder as he apologized. Accidentally, his hand landed riiiiight on my boob.
It was not a soft graze. It was a full on, palm flat against my breast. But it was totally accidental. Which is what made it so hilarious. Especially the look of horror on his face as he realized what he did.
The light turned green and I bolted forward. Both humiliated and amused.
Remember when I wrote this post about my desire to watch this obscure TV show from 2003 called Train 48?
One of my BFFs who is a yoga instructor is always telling me that if you put a thought into the world, it will come true. I’m always like, yeah, whatever, Namaste blah blah blah.
But then this happened: TRAIN 48 YOUTUBE CHANNEL!
This person is actually updating the entire series, one by one.
And I am watching them. One by one.
Next please – can someone please upload Traders?
OMG! Someone already has!