We all know those one liners that get posted, right? Or the out-of-context convos or texts? Nothing is better as an author than listening and watching those around you to snatch bits and pieces of the lives of perfect strangers, or coworkers, or your family and friends and using it to further your craft around dialogue. Because you can be learning 24/7 if you just...
Open those ears!
Unfurl those flappy ears and start listening! If you want to write dialogue, first listen for it. Let's take a walk on the lighter side and share something that might be unusual/funny or mean something different from what's said based on context we can't see but you could, and post it here.
By Sasha Distan
So let's dive right in and make people angry: I fucking hate most gay fiction book covers and story promo images used online. I detest them. They're shit.
I see some ridiculous things, some terrible things, and some things which are generally pathetic. I have beef with people simply taking images from google and shoving them together in paint or Photoshop with no hint of care or artistry. I have issues with shit fonts which look like they were worked in wordart circa 2000. But mostly:
Bollocks to stereotypes.
I see it all the time. Readers and writers alike complaining that gay fiction is marginalised, that no one takes erotic writing seriously, that we're too niche for most people to care much about the craft of writing, because there's so much shit to wade through to find anything good (this site totally helps with the last of those problems). Lots of people, even those who read gay fiction, say that it's all generic, and it's just about the sex.
And when you look at most of the so-call story 'art' which the authors themselves post alongside their writing, you'd be inclined to agree with them.
Here's how to create the world's most artless, generic, gay fiction book cover.
1) hot, shirtless torso, usually with extreme shadowing, often without a proper face
2) second, often also topless, moody looking guy
3) jeans with an open or half open fly
4) terrible font which clashes colours, doesn't compliment, and doesn't obey physics, placement, or colour theory
5) optional image of an animal, often with "artistic" tribal or computer generated noise to make it look like a sketch
Step away from Photoshop and gettyimages people, and go find yourselves someone with a level of competency in design to make art for you. And yes, you'll have to pay them. Artist's need to eat and pay rent too.
If we keep perpetrating the stereotype that all gay fiction can be summed up with two anonymous shirtless hunks taken from a free image library on the web, then we can't complain when people shove us into a little pigeon hole out of the way and say we're all the same.
Well, I can, and I fucking will.
Make a compelling short story without dialogue.
Bonus points if you touch my heart. Or stomach.
Monologues are accepted, but the challenge is to make it compelling and good without the characters explicitly saying something.
So let's test your vocabulary. I wanna see if it can be done with such quality, so yeah.