The Last Rose Pearl, the Regency Inspirational Romance I’m working on, kept me awake last night. After my bedtime prayers, I kept mentally reviewing one scene in the book. Actually it was just one pesky line of dialogue.
If you stop by here often, you know I began my writing life with screenwriting. Because of that, dialogue is very dear to my heart. My novels are very dialogue heavy. Most times when I’m crafting scenes with loads of dialogue, I’m seeing them as if they were a movie.
With that said, one awkward line can really hamper the flow of a scene. So I tend to agonize over specific characters’ dialogue. I typically spend the most time fine-tuning the principal characters’ speech. Their spoken words really define them, their personal conflicts, and their redemption. It’s crucial to get those right.
For that reason, one pivotal speech made by Dylan St. John kept me tossing and turning into the wee hours of the morning. By God’s grace, I hope I’ve solved the issue. And in retrospect all the extra attention to that one line has made Dylan a more defined and rich character.
But the getting there was surely fraught with plenty of effort and lost sleep :). I’m thrilled with the end result. And as always, it’s been both fun and challenging at the same time. I love the wild roller coaster that is creating a novel.
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Love Never Fails, Grace