A great novel idea came to me in a dream, then rattled around in my head for three days or so before I got around to actually taking it seriously. When I began to take it seriously, it turned into first a series of ideas, and then a voice – a character. Then another character’s voice came, and another’s… I have several vignettes written in dialogue form in my writing notebook now, and plan on working on another as soon as I catch you up on what I’m doing. Sorry for the hiatus! I was writing…and it may become a novel, or it may become a short story. Whatever it ends up being, it should be rather funny with some very serious truths woven into it. It’s one that I hope makes people laugh first and then think, “Wait a minute…” I like books like that because they allow the reader to discover the message and the takeaway for themselves. I also love dialogue. I think that great dialogue is critical to good characters and a good plot. I can do things with dialogue that I can’t describe, such as show a particular character trait or reaction that would otherwise be very difficult to describe from the position of a narrator. I try to let the characters speak for themselves.
Content Rating PG, for the most part
I try to keep the content of my posts in the PG range (meaning that maybe your 13-year-old should not read it... Just kidding!) - you know, something I could get away with tastefully in the town square without getting lynched, tarred-and-feathered, or hung (and something my mother would NOT wash my mouth out with soap for). As far as what age you have to be to understand some of the subtleties of my humor in writing and/or speaking, well... That may vary. A lot.