Tried to write a blog post in response to an article about ‘the only way to write a realistic female character.’ Got angry, went on a tangent, lost focus…
Tried to write a blog post in response to someone’s comment (on another blog) that “grammar doesn’t matter, all readers care is do they like the story.” Got angry, went on a tangent, lost focus…
The thing is, I don’t feel angry in general. Despite and because of the weather lately, I feel rather good. (The mid-70s temperature is quite pleasant, but these changes in air pressure cause me a lot of pain.) I’ve got a cat sitting on my desk, I have sunshine and a view of trees outside my window… This is the life. I’m not even feeling unfocused, in general. As long as I don’t have to address things that seem irrational (and by irrational, I mean doesn’t make sense on an emotional level, either — feelings are data, too), I can talk about just about anything and stay on topic. Mostly. I am experiencing a slightly elevated tendency to randomly (ha!) make obscure-fiction-reference jokes (I blame Corey — no, the other Corey), but that could be because I haven’t had any coffee today, and if I’m not allowed to laugh and have fun on my own blog, screw you.
But I do have too many thoughts in my head, apparently.
According to common advice on how to write a realistic male character, Y-chromosomed humans do not multi-task; they think about only one subject at a time, and they use very few words to talk about that subject, if they talk about it at all. So I’m failing horribly at being a guy.
And I used metaphors in both of those posts I tried to write. And sarcasm. And other things that aren’t meant literally. And I wanted to discuss more than one thing and only that thing. So I can’t even do autism right.
Whatever. Today may just be a day to delight in being a statistical anomaly. (Not as if I can do anything to change it, is there?)
I have been doing writing-related stuff, though.
Inspired by someone else’s blog post, I took a scene from “that novel” and deleted everything but the actual dialogue. No tags/attributions, no actions, no characters’ thoughts… And it didn’t work. Mind you, I did deliberately choose the scene LR once described as “almost Rorchachian” in the way what is spoken plays off what isn’t, but that’s part of my point: If the whole story can be told through dialogue, either the story is too thin, or the characters are being nearly “As you know, Bob” with their dialogue. (Someday I may share examples from this scene, dialogue-only and otherwise, to illustrate what I’m talking about.)
This topic (and the others) will get a for-real blog post, I’m sure. Just not now. I don’t feel up to doing it justice. Better to quit and try again later.