To which Wally said, “Duh!”
“The writer of the article talked about the tight constraints on a screenplay’s structure, how the story has to be well-built.”
“As opposed,” Wally said, “to flowery prose and extended raptures of internal dialogue.”
Wally and I both tend to be more than a little critical of flowery prose.
“So what about you?” Wally asked, “Have you been using screenwriting tools as you work on ARC?”
To which I said, “Duh!”
“And that’s been enough, or are there some things screenwriting tools can’t help with in a novel?”
“Everything a screenwriter learns gets in the way when he or she has to actually write out emotional reactions – internal dialogue stuff.”
“And how did you lick that?” Wally asked.
“I’m not sure I have it ‘licked’ but I got a good piece of advice from Pat LoBrutto that I think helped. ‘The character’s voice in internal dialogue should sound like it does when she’s talking out loud.’”
When I paused, Wally asked, “But . . .?”
“Some of the things she says internally, she would never say in public.”