A dear friend said this to me once and I’ll never forget it. She’s read Falling Apart, in early drafts anyway, and much of the dialogue remains intact from the very earliest of times. I was fretting about my writing ability and my weaknesses, when she laid this line on me. Now, I know friends often tell ego-boosting white lies, but this woman (one of the Awesomely Awesome) does not. And furthermore, she asked me to write a stage play with her, because she believes in my dialogue abilities. Coming from her, that’s an incredible compliment. And considering how much I struggle with and agonize over every word, every syllable of dialogue, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this high praise coming from one of my most trusted friends on an area I’m insecure about. It’s given me great confidence in writing, as a matter of fact. I still shy away from some of my dialogue – it comes out so naturally and then I worry and fret that my readers will have issue with this word or that phrase, and I dial it back. Suffice it to say thay my characters want to drop the f-bomb more often, and at least one guy has lovingly called his partner a slut (in the sex positive, pro slut way, of course). Those don’t make the final cuts, not because my editor makes me change them (she never has), but because I chicken out when push comes to shove. I’m getting off track. My point is, though I love to write it, I often worry about my dialogue, and my greatest writer compliment ever was affirming my love for writing good dialogue.
Briefly, I want to mention that the other third of the Awesomely Awesome is in the hospital. She’s probably going to be just fine, but there are some issues with her heart and the doctors are just a little baffled right now. Please keep her in your thoughts.
And lastly, don’t forget that Come Sail Away hits stores tomorrow! It is typically up on MLR Books on release day, and them hits virtual shelves elsewhere within the next week. I’d love to hear what you think!