Duke Southard

Author, Educator, Lecturer

Kids say great things!

For a change, this post has nothing to do with the Stacey Burns murder.

It has to do with my grandson, Ben. With apologies to Art Linkletter, I do agree with his famous cliché that kids do say the darndest things. With Ben, I will change that to kids say great things.

Two nights ago, I was working on a crucial scene in my work-in-progress-almost-finished-novel. It is a conversation between a boy and his dad about the deer hanging in the back yard, a hunting success for the father.

Ben asked if he could read some of my book for his required reading for the day. I let him read a page or so leading up to that conversation. I then invited him to help me with the conversation and we did a role-playing exercise. Ben’s ideas for the dialogue of the young boy in that conversation were great! His perspective reinforced the need for  a writer to be sure he is looking at what his characters are saying from their perspective, not from his.

You will be able to read this dialogue in Cracks in the Wall, my new novel which will soon enter the editing stage.

Thanks, Ben!


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