Quality Writing Means Writing

I’m going through one of those phases where I haven’t been reading much lately. I’ve been trying to write more, which takes up a lot of my time at night. To be fair though, the biggest reason was because I became enamored by Veep, which I reviewed lovingly last week, and could not stop watching. It took me about four days to watch all three seasons. To be fair to myself, each episode was less than a half hour, enabling me to fly through them. It’s bittersweet because now I have to wait until April!

Even though I don’t have any finished books to review, I have been reading a book on screenwriting during a few minutes in the morning that I have between my workout and work. Paired with my screenwriting course, it’s been enlightening.

The majority of my writing experience has focused on short stories, both fiction and memoir, journalism and feature writing, and blurbs for the blog. I’ve enjoyed all of the types of writing I’ve tried, but something that intrigues me the most is dialogue.

I am obsessed with dialogue in movies and television, especially when it’s effective. When there’s good dialogue, you don’t even think about it, but when it’s bad, it makes you cringe. I may be a bit dramatic about it than other people, but dialogue makes or breaks a show.

One of the reasons why I think stations like HBO or Netflix are so successful is because they have no limitations on their dialogue or scenes. They are allowed to talk like real people would and don’t have to throw in fillers when sometimes swears just fit perfectly into a situation.

That’s not to say that network tv can’t have clever dialogue, they just have to be that much more cleverer and find a way around this absence.

Since I’ve started the class, I’ve found my creative spirit has liberated. I have all of these ideas I’ve been writing down and journaling and it makes me so excited to read more about screenwriting and to sit down and write!

I’m embarrassed to admit that it can sometimes be difficult for me to read nonfiction books because I find fiction to be that much more interesting, both in terms of reading and watching. If I sit down and force myself to get going, I often end up really enjoying and learning quite a bit. It’s just that, for me, I prefer to get lost in the imagination of the writer. Clearly, both have their benefits and I do try to read more nonfiction.

This book is a great resource to have, but in the end, I just have to settle down and write, write, write!

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