Thursday, October 02, 2008

Take two blog posts into the shower?

I'm just after being told off for not blogging at you so much lately, and here I am back in seconds with a, well, second.

I may have mentioned this before but if I did, it was to say that there's a type of dialogue I love that I've never been able to write. And I just have. By accident.

It's the line that makes no sense but in doing so, makes vastly more sense than a logical, rational version would. The example I would've given you is Billy Bragg's line about waiting for phone call, "when at last it didn't ring / I knew it wasn't you". What I've just written is a text to a friend. There's something up that she doesn't want to go into, but I wanted her to know we could natter about anything, this problem or just about anything to take her mind off it.

So what I wrote was: "Call if you don't want to talk."

If you think dialogue is just grand oratory or just something to slip in after you're tenth draft of a script, you're wasting your time. Consider directing. Real people talk absolute rubbish to each other, we hardly ever listen and we certainly don't wait our turn in the conversation politely, but in our selfish rubbish we understand each other and we give away so much.

And we also misunderstand, both other people and even especially ourselves and our own motives, plus of course we lie with abandon.

Drama is dialogue, and isn't that wonderful?

Consequently my entry to this year's Red Planet competition consists of very little talkin' and a lot more helicopter action than any reasonable TV company could ever afford.

William

8 comments:

Piers said...

[inspects bait]

It's obviously a trap.

Jon Peacey said...

I'm sure you've (WG not PB) just successfully managed to contradict virtually everything I've ever been told and lambasted over by pretty much every script-reader and tutor over the years... but I'm not entirely sure.

(It probably is a trap.)

William Gallagher said...

Did you keep receipts?

William

Jon Peacey said...

That would be the advice they didn't give me!

Piers said...

Don't listen to him, Jon, or he'll drag you into his world of madness and depravity.

William Gallagher said...

Consider directing.

W

Jon Peacey said...

"World of madness and depravity"? Not sure whether that's a dire warning or an advert!

William Gallagher said...

I am.

W