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Right on. I think it’s accidental too. Even the softening of a tone of the voice of a character can make a huge difference in inferred meaning. It is SO critical.
I really enjoyed talking to you too, Laurie! I hope we are ALL very successful selling our books! I have no idea what’s selling, just keeping the fingers crossed. “:)
Best day to you! Thanks again, and have a wonderful day! It’s been my pleasure!
Hm…right, do editors always realize they ARE changing the voice, that may be a critical question. I’m not too sure how I would answer that question myself….haha!
Do you have any idea how your book sales are progressing?
I guess I better stop asking questions, I’m using up your afternoon…..I really appreciate your taking time to talk to us. Thank you Laurie, and good luck with your book!
OCD -like symptoms in writing look a lot like insecurity. Do you write and rewrite obsessively, let’s say, more than two or three times? I wonder if that’s not because the writing was ‘forced’ in the initial stage?
So you’re comfortable with your own writing, that’s great! Tell me something, are you comfortable with editors changing the way your characters speak, removing the “Laurie-esque” characteristics of your writer’s voice?
I have to make notes…to keep track of everything. I keep a running footnote spacing ahead of the whole text and highlight important stuff, so I can reference it quickly, how do you handle that problem?
Haha, transferrance, that’s hilarious and too true. Canadians always think about Americans as having dialect accents, some in the extreme, but we in Ontario do not speak the same as folks in BC or Newfoundland either…. That may be part of the equation.
I have to ask, do you pick up other dialects easily in real life, talking to people? Do you find it helps your writing?
“”Left to its own devices my mind wanders continually which means that the story writes itself, but finding the story line itself takes a bit more time.”””
I really LIKE this comment….the story does have to write itself. I was going to ask you about that! Smartie. In the old days they may have called that ‘divinely inspired’ thought……..
I have left stories for MONTHS wondering where they were going. Is that asking for trouble in continuity though? Have you ever written something, left it for a few weeks and then wondered “did I REALLY write that”?
To some degree, yes, I meant , that type of character, the hard-working solid, confident men and women of rural areas, but also different ‘origins’ ie, Ukrainian, Dutch, or Finnish, for instance. They have very different accents to start off with, pet names for everything, and not always the same POV about basic tenets of society. You commented to me previously about the Southern accents in FOW, but actually those people are in southern Canada..haha! (Rural, pragmatic, hard-working salt-of -the earth types. ) Have you ever written about them (the similar kinds of people–from your area ) in fiction?
Hm….I guess it depends on the immediate society you are exposed to. I don’t question the muse at all, I’m guessing that causes time-jumps and continuity at times too. Have you ever tried straight-line free-stream writing, unedited, line of thought? FOW includes some passages written like that, I called it ‘experimental fiction’….have you ever tried that?
I grew up with a lot of fractured English (mostly European-Canadians) and hear those, too when writing characters. Do you ever relate any specific people to dialects you hear, or character types?