"I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this."
I saw No Country for Old Men last night which might be why at 2 a.m. I am up blogging. I don't like violent movies but the story was riveting and the dialogue incredible, I think I spent most of the movie covering my eyes and even though I thought I was prepared for the suspense, jumping out of my seat. The study of evil in any form is disturbing but McCarthy weaves stories around the violence that are mesmerizing. These are your friends and neighbors, simple people who have brought evil into their lives by making a series of bad decisions. I'm now reading the book wanting to pick up any bits of dialogue I might have missed.
There is definitely an art to writing engaging dialogue, the play with words could tell you everything or nothing. Today, work on the dialogue in your manuscript is it believable or flat? Engage the reader by using the right word, don't settle for less. Now get back to work!
The Writing Nag