The great thing about NaNoWriMo is that you very quickly learn your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. I learned very quickly last time around that I am terrible at writing dialogue. The reason for this is that all of my formative writing experience was writing academic essays in university. I probably didn’t write a word of fiction at all between 2004 and 2009. This means I can formulate an argument well, but I can’t for the life of me write three characters having a conversation without it turning into:
“____” he said
“____” she said
“____” I said
This was a big problem for me last year, especially since the style I fell into was a third person narrative. It was always slowing me down.
So, what should I take away from this lesson? I either have to really practice at dialogue techniques and read some writing guides, or I should just avoid falling into a style that’s heavy on dialogue. Well this is NaNo and practice takes time, so obviously I’ll go with the latter. By no means will I be trying to write 50,000 words without dialogue, but I’m going to be careful about perspective from the outset this time. I think the wisest thing to do is first person narrative with a lot of monologue, maybe even a stream of consciousness voice.
Any advice readers might have would be welcome!