It’s Important To Listen To Your Characters – They Know What They’re Talking About

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Somewhere near the 2/3 done mark of Someday In Dublin, I hit writer’s block. I hit it bad. I had to figure out a way to reconnect these two after having blown them apart and I knew how the story had to end up (and another big reveal to resolve it) but the pathway to getting there…not so clear.

So I put it down for a bit, and I picked it up again. I reread and I wrote a bunch of stuff that took the story off track so I cut it and put it in my slush file and I tore my hair out and ground my teeth and wrote some more.

And then I went back and reread it again.

Now this is where my theatre training saves the day. I was all alone for the weekend because my kids were off with their Dad, so I printed up the damn manuscript and I started acting it out. Walking it through. Talking it through.

Back in the day, back before I even started trodding the boards, I actually won awards for playwriting. Dialogue has always been my strong suite, and when all else fails, I talk that scene through. I have that argument, or act out that love scene. I turn dramatically or stare longingly out a window or tenderly caress my cat’s face.

Don’t judge.

It works like a charm. Once I start channeling the characters and let them do the talking, the story gets legs again and off we go. And so it went with Someday In Dublin. And so Michael and Amy found a way.

You’re going to love this one. You’re just going to love it.

Someday In Dublin will be breaking for eBook soon, and in print shortly after that. I’ll keep you posted!

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