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i finished a chapter last night and wrote about 2K yesterday, which was pretty good given the fact that there were four flag football games for the kidlings and then it was family movie night. I'm not sure I like the words though. I'm not sure I don't. Here's the thing. I don't tend to do lengthy dialog scenes. I don't trust them. Actually i don't trust myself to do them well. But that's what I've done. I'm hoping it works. Here's what I worry about. First, talking heads. Is there anything compelling about the scene character and plot-wise? And if there is, is this more an info-dump? I don't think so on the latter, but I also wonder if the scene moves or if it's flat as a pancake. I just don't know.

You might wonder, when will I know? Well, it'll take some more words and some distance from the scene. It will probably also take some more development of the book--then I can go back and see what this scene was. That's a reason I look forward to revision, because then I'll know more.  On the other hand, I wrote some things in this scene I wasn't exactly expecting. Character stuff that sort of surprised me. That's the work of the lizard brain, thank goodness. So I'm waiting to see how those little unexpected elements play out. Hopefully the lizard brain knows what it's doing. Usually it does.

General kitchen update: We took the chimney down to below the roofline and reshingled. We'll be having to reroof very soon, apparently because the roof is in worse shape than we knew (though I suspected). We can't take the rest of the chimney out until we start demolishing, since it's walled up inside a faux cabinet looking thing, since those who remodelled previously decided just to ignore it and cover it up. We ordered cabinets and have been packing stuff up and moving furniture so we can start the demolishing.

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Paddle Upstream

A writer I know says that if you have a lot of dialogue to write,  put the characters in some interesting situation. His example was to put them both in a canoe. You then intersperse the information conveyed by the dialogue with descriptions of the canoe voyage.

I've found this very useful (since I love dialogue). Give your characters something to do which is interesting enough to describe.

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Yeah, I know. The trouble is

Yeah, I know. The trouble is that these people have just come down off a major event and it's sort of the fallout. I read back through it and I think, for now, I'm happy with it over all. My book that comes out in november, The Black Ship, is set on a clipper ship and the dialog on that was hard. But a variation of the canoe idea.

I love dialog too. I just am not sure that I sustain it well for a lengthy scene. Sigh. But then it reads faster than I think so maybe it won't feel so long.

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Wind In Our Sails

And hopefully sales.

The first section of the novel I am currently writing is set on a trading ship - a carrick - off the coast of China in the 14th Century. My character passes his time by attemping to grow onions aboard ship.

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that's just brilliant

Onions? I love it.