Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Light and Maxine!

Hey we made it over the Hump, and I didn't even notice! It's all down hill to the weekend now! LOL

Over at Charis Connection, there's a great article by James Scott Bell, the writer, on using dialogue as a major storytelling device.

I can identify with the concept readily because in analyzing why I like a particular book, it's usually because the book was an easy, fast read....Guess why?...mostly dialogue! I hate to admit it, but I've caught myself skimming narrative to get to the dialogue at times.

How do you write?...More narrative, or more dialogue?

And without further interruptions...a joke!

An elderly couple go to their doctor for a checkup.

The man goes in first. "How're you doing?" asks the doctor.

"Pretty good," answers the old man. "I'm eating well, and I'm still in control of my bowels and bladder. In fact, when I get up at night to pee, the good Lord turns the light on for me."

The doctor decides not to comment on that last statement, and goes into the next room to check on the man's wife.

"How're you feeling?" he asks.

"I'm doing well," answers the old woman. "I still have lots of energy and I'm not feeling any pain."

The doctor says, "That's nice. It sounds like you and your husband are both doing well. One thing though - your husband said that when he gets up to pee at night, the good Lord turns the light on for him. Do you have any idea what he means?"

"Oh No," says the woman, "He's peeing in the refrigerator again."



  1. David Meigs said...
    I love it too. That’s why I mostly write in first person.

    It’s not as easy as third, but the characters are so much richer.
    Soul Reflections said...
    Bonnie, I've decided to give you my 75,000 words. You need them.
    M. C. Pearson said...
    Hmmmm, we had this discussion over the phone I think...or was it e-mail? You know what I like. Yep...converstation. I, too, sometimes skip the narrative to get to the meat.

    Love the refridgerator joke. So it wasn't spilled orange juice? Ewww! LOL Keegan almost peed in the kitchen garbage can when he slept in the living room a few weeks ago. Too funny.
    Denise McDonald said...
    gotta love Maxine...hehehe
    Bonnie S. Calhoun said...
    I love Maxine too! One of my girlfriends said this to her mother-in-law I thought I'd give her the cartoon...LOL

    "Stop being a troublemaker!"
    "I'm not doing anything wrong!"
    "Yes you are."
    "No I'm not"
    "She may get know that woman."
    "Nah...she runs fast."

    ROFLOL...see how well conversation moves the story!

    Yea, Debbie....sureeee!
    M. C. Pearson said...
    I did a tag post and you were specifically named as one NOT tagged. Heh.

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