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    Coloring WAY outside the lines

    Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Saje Williams, Apr 12, 2010.

    Hi, everyone. I stumbled on this site while looking for some feedback regarding the conventions of writing telepathic communication. Since Norwescon I've been considering a more active involvement in the writing community, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to join up here. Of course, I've now lost the thread that prompted this decision, though it seemed I wasn't going to gain anything particularly useful from it anyway. I know the conventions on the subject, but I was wondering if there might be a movement to possibly reinvent the status quo.

    I've got two projects going at the moment--one a novel I hope to turn into a screenplay somewhere along the line, and a short story prompted by a series of dreams I've had in the midst of an otherwise dry spell.
     
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    Hello Saje, Welcome to the Writing Forums.

    Communication is communication, whether it be face to face, over a telephone, a com link, wigwagging, or telepathy. Dialogue is dialogue, and should be written according to those conventions. Even if it is symbolic in nature, you quote it as a translation to native speech (English, if the book itself is in English).

    Please read How to Use the Review Room before you post there. Posting your own writing for people to comment on should not be among the very first things you do here. It is worth taking the time to see what other people have done to improve their writing, and see if some of it applies to your writing as well. That is part of why we require members to review other members' work before posting their own for review. On the other hand, there are no restrictions, other than content and copyright rules, on showcasing your work in your member blog.

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    Thanks for the welcome

    And thanks for reiterating one of my issues with the original thread. Rule one is not to break the flow of the story, and if the reader has to go back to re-read to determine the nature of a communication (be it verbal, telepathic, computer-to-human brain), it would quite likely break that flow. Conventions in speculative fiction have good reason to be different than those of literature of the non-speculative variety and this is a great example of why this is so.


     
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    Hi Saje, make yourself at home.
     

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