|Posted by Delores Cremm on|
Is it me or has elegance disapeared from the craft. I can quote authors from past readings and felt the emotions of their lines. Harper lee, Alice Walker, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Waters and Dorothy Allison are amongst the greats. With these authors mentioned you don't need a dictionary to read their novels all that's required is a good imagination. When I became a serious writer myself, I thought I needed to improve upon my vocabulary to weave a good story, but I soon found out that words I was using were to mechanic. They weren't stimulating and emotionally felt. I began to listen to what my characters were saying instead of using my own structured words and believe me they were putting out some great lines.
For example lines from my short story Followed:
"Everybody round here use they cell phones, but ya ain't gonna get nobody ta let ya borrow em not unless you perform ah favor shit these boyz ain't had no chocolate puss, since Kathy. Got a cigarette," she asked.
These lines have broken english and slang contents, but it's what my character said. I listened and had to learn how to make microsoft word behave. My character Bella had poor english and was from a backward society. I wrote her true heritage.
Lines from Alice Walker's The color purple
“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.”. ... “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”
Opening Lines from Harper Lee's To kill a mocking bird.
. “Maycomb was a tired old town, even in 1932 when I first knew it. Somehow, it was hotter then. Men's stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon after their three o'clock naps. And by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frosting from sweating and sweet talcum. The day was twenty-four hours long, but it seemed longer. There's no hurry, for there's nowhere to go and nothing to buy...and no money to buy it with.”