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    Do you ever talk to yourself while writing dialogue?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Alesia, Sep 5, 2013.

    I just caught myself doing this. I repeated the sentence I was writing about 10 times in different variations to see if i should tag it as a mutter, slur, etc.. Then I realized I do this often enough to the point where an outside observer would think I'm some nut muttering to the voices in my head. Anyone else read their dialogue out loud while they're writing it?
     
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    No but I have been interviewed by just about every TV chat show in the world about my book - and I'm talking in-depth interviews, I even had translators in the studio with me!

    You think you're mad.... balooba-dooba!
     
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    YES! I do! I may be trying to avoid fancy dialogue tags, these days, but readability is key. If it feels wrong reading it out loud, if the words don't roll off the tongue when put together, I think about making adjustments. But I always find this process works best if I say things out loud. It doesn't have to be dialogue either. Anything I write has to go through this. Of course there are standards that can't be sacrificed for natural speech, voice is something any story must have, and what better way to test the flow than with an actual voice? ha ha!
     
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    Of course I read the dialogue out loud. Why wouldn't I? I actually read the entire story aloud - if it doesn't sound good, then it isn't good. Reading the dialogue aloud reassures me that it sounds like speech; reading the rest of it aloud confirms that the rhythms of my sentences are okay, that I don't have any unintentional rhymes, that I haven't unwittingly put in ridiculous tongue-twisters, and so on.
     
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    Ha, yes. As much as I love the idea of writing in coffeeshops, I avoid that now...doing dishes and laundry is when I work out a lot of my scenes, so I'm almost always muttering under my breath.

    I do facial expressions all the time, too. Hubby has walked into the kitchen and been able to tell which character I was thinking about by the way I was scowling...
     
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    As often as not, I'm writing dialogue when I'm talking to myself. Sometimes I start with the lines on paper and then go over them again out loud, but just as often I try to act out both sides of the the conversation first to get a feel for what direction it would probably go in... and sometimes I go back and forth a few times in what amounts to just a couple of pages ;)
     
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    My characters talk to each other when I walk my dogs. They don't typically talk out loud while I'm writing the dialogue, but they are definitely alive in my head.
     
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    Yes, all the time. Except, I don't realize I'm doing it. I'll do hand and body motions too, while trying to enact a character. I'll be planning out a scene in my head and then all of a sudden my sister's calling me out for talking to myself. It really freaks her out :D
     
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    Ok then. Glad to know I'm not the only one who acts out my scenes :)
     
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    All. The. Time. In fact this seems to be the only way in which it flows as I would like :)
     
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    Yup.

    It's the only way I can tell whether it's working or not. I've gone past the point of feeling silly about it, though I do get some looks from my flat mate when he passes my room. He wouldn't be the first person to think I have a screw loose.
     
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    Yeah.

    Not so much when I'm writing dialogue but when I'm not writing I plan scenes in my head and speak the dialogue, I don't even realize I'm doing it. Also when I get into one of my frantic planning moods wherein I will try to solve every conceivable flaw or plot hole in my story or back-story before eating or sleeping, I mutter like a mad person. And I pace. If I'm working through a difficult scene I will also mutter single words/phrases like 'why?' 'does that make sense?' and the like so I can straighten it out in my mind. I used to talk to actual people but they got bored/alienated.
     
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    Hello, Jimmy Rabbitt! LOL!
     
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    Yes. I talk to myself out loud when I'm writing anything. It's the best way to tell how it flows.
     
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    Ever?

    Always!
     
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    Now I feel awkward because I don't speak the lines my characters are saying... :(

    They do sort of speak in my head, however.
     
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    I wrote my first book before the Commitments came out and thought that scene was hilarious. It reassured me I wasn't the only lunatic with such dreams because I'd been interviewed for all sorts during my teens, being a pro-footballer, stadium-filling rock star, best-selling author. Even if it was a fictional character someone had to at least think it :)

    So after reading these replies it seems all of us writers are at least a little nuts...
     
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    We are, indeed.
     
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    This is, of course, a good thing. Only people who are a little nuts accomplish great things.
     
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    Yes as a matter of fact i do and i find it very helpful
     

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