(i know i shouldn't be here shhhhhh) B: Any of your stories inspired by personal experience? F: Share a snippet from one of your favourite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it. R: Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
b: any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
ahahaha not really. though my hatred of charles de gaulle is entirely from personal experience.
f: share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it
hgnnnrgadjsf. okay. um.
“Actually, we’re in my room!” Victor’s so close Yuuri can see the smatter of freckles constellationed across his chest. They’re framed by purple-red blooms of bruises and bite marks that continue in vines up his throat.
“Oh.” Because, really, what is there to say to that?
“You couldn’t find your room key,” Victor continues, “and I certainly wasn’t going to let you sleep alone.”
“What…happened?” Yuuri squeaks, wincing. His voice cracks in a way it hasn’t since Victor skated to Rite of Spring .
“Oh!” Victor somehow leans even closer and now Yuuri can see Victor has a matching set of freckles scattered across his nose. “You showed me your pole!”
“Oh my god.” But clearly God is dead because Yuuri is still alive right now.
Victor continues, utterly oblivious to Yuuri’s distress, “….dancing skills. Pole dancing skills. Sorry, I had your come stuck in my throat.” He punctuates it with a conspiratorial wink.
Yuuri stares, dumfounded as his brain goes offline. He’s not sure which part of that sentence is more horrifying.
So for me, good dialogue is about rhythm. considering this bit of dialogue is the reason i wrote this entire fic, i feel like it’s something i’m proud of for the sense of movement in the conversation. as well as balancing some internal and external detail in their situation. plus it still makes me giggle.
r: are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you’d consider an influence?
OH HELL YES. so fanfic wise, there are a couple writers who do a lot with rhythm, understatement, condensed sentences, and absurdity. and that’s a lot of what i like in writing. so… @cafecliche @kixboxer @lazulisong @pencilwalla and @dadvans are a few for that aspect. @handsingsweapon inspires me to be better with plot and thematic developments. and YOU yes YOU inspire me with your fluidity, and softness, and excellent word choice. these are writes i’ll read multiple times, when i’m looking for words that feel right. and then i’ll try to take that calming sense of rightness back to my own piece
non fanfic wise, evelyn waugh is a big influence, though i’d say that influence is so big that it extends to all my writing. there’s a lot of wry prose, social absurdity as social commentary, great dialogue, and understatement. i’m not sure how much i’ve reached any of those things, but they’re definitely something i think about while writing/drafting.
an influence i think shows more in my original work is flann o’brien. i know i’ve talked to you a bit about my short story of the moment, and his interest in absurdity is pretty big for that story. the third policeman and at swim two bird are novels i’ve read multiple times.
I also love karen russell and kelly link. they deal a lot with social commentary via absurdity and mythology which hell yes. st. lucy’s home for girls raised by wolves is an amazing story and one that i think about a lot.
nabokov is an influence for the way he plays with form (this is something that’s on going in my original work and something you and i have talked about re: the really pretentious piece of fic i might write).
last but certainly not least is terry pratchett. his ability to combine legitimate world/life truths with humor and incredibly readable prose is something i marvel at every time. my english major is showing i’ve spent too much time analyzing poetry lately haha.