So I'm on a roll, as you've read before, but I have a bad habit. Would you like to know what that is? Well, it's editing as I'm writing. I don't want to do it! It interferes with my flow; slows me down completely. But it's like a little pest that won't go away (nagging in my mind).
I would like to think that I'm a pretty good writer. I've been writing since the age of five years old. However, sometimes I know it can be so much more. It seems like it's just...thrown together, messy like. I want to use bigger words, and add more creativity when I'm describing things. But I'm working so hard at getting the story across clearly, that I mess up those other things. And I notice that, the PEST, of editing, throughout it.
Lately what has been bugging me the most though, is dialogue. I feel like it's the central point of a story, if you use it correctly that is. But you have to be careful not to give too much away, and not to just blab endlessly with no real meaning. I'm pretty good at getting the point across when my characters speak, but thinking of how not to always say, he said, or she said, is hard for me. I try to use words like: exclaimed, stated, asked, replied, answered, yelled, groaned, mumbled, etc. I know I could do better though. I always have to think about it, and that's what bothers me. I read other books by different authors, and I feel like they are so good at it (very talented), and I hope to get better at that too. I guess keep on reading, and keep on writing.
What are some of the techniques you all use when writing? And especially when writing dialogue? I would really appreciate some tips and to read what you have to say...so please do share my friends!