Today I had an assignment that really threw me for a loop. I had to write an essay. Yep, I had to write. You would think that would be a breeze for me. But no....I sat staring at a blank screen for hours!
Why? The essay had to be narrative. Writing dialogue is NOT something I do on a daily basis. Or a monthly basis, or a yearly basis, etc. I had no idea how much I would struggle with it.
I didn't struggle with the actual words; in fact, I used a real-life situation. I had a much more difficult time writing the words surrounding the dialogue. What we say doesn't just hang out there in a vacuum. There is a setting where they take place, there are emotions taking place behind the words, and there is a circumstance that prompted the dialogue. Those were the words I struggle to write.
This essay was a valuable lesson for me. Like many other aspiring writers, I hope I have the next great American novel in me somewhere. Now I can write the dialogue.