www.whyville.net Oct 23, 2011 Weekly Issue

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Diary Writing: With Monet1616

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This is a writer who has written breath-taking narrative diary stories. She has been on Whyville for 1595 days. She is a y-mail helper as well as a Gold street team member. Who is this writer, you may ask? Well it's our one and only Monet1616. Our interview started with a bit of Spanish, "Este es intersante, dime mas," which of course I didn't know so I had to look it up in the translator. It means, "This is interesting tell me more." And that is where our narrative diary writing interview begun!

XxFUZZxXx: Hello Monet, so how's life under the sea lately?
Monet1616: Wet. Very, very wet . . .

XxFUZZxXx: Anyways, let's not get off topic. What got you writing "The Thing"? Why did you write it in diary form instead of narrative?
Monet1616: I started writing "The Thing" because I've been reading a lot of horror stories and wanted to try my hand at it. I find that diary format connects better to me than narrative format, so readers like me would be able to get into the story more.

XxFUZZxXx: What got you into this style?
Monet1616: I've always had an obsession with fantasy. It makes it seem more realistic if the writing is like it was taken out of someone's hidden diary.

XxFUZZxXx: What's the most important thing about narrative diary writing?
Monet1616: The most important thing about narrative diary writing is to be interesting, but normal in a sense. Not everyone who writes a diary has flawless word choice and grammar since you're more worried about getting out what you have to.

XxFUZZxXx: Why did you pick diary writing instead of just narrative. Is it easier?
Monet1616: Narrative writing is a lot easier for me, but I like a challenge. "The Thing" is not only my first horror story; it's my first diary narrative.

XxFUZZxXx: Have you got any tips on diary Writing so that we can see more diary Writing in the newspaper?
Monet1616: I would have to say that it should seem like a diary, not a series of lab reports. You have to include emotion. If your characters are on the brink of insanity, don't make them speak like perfectly sane college professors. If they're tired, include small errors. The little things you do for your writing really add up.

3 Tips on making a good narrative diary writing story:

1. Try to not make the diary writing sound more like a story. Diary writing recalls on the person's feelings, emotions and thoughts, which you'd need to add in to sound more like a diary.

2. When writing narrative diary writing you don't have to have the writer write every day of the week. It doesn't seem normal. You may want to skip a few days before writing or even weeks. A diary story that I've read before skipped a whole year before writing again because of a big event.

3. The most important thing as Monet1616 said is that you don't have to have fantastic grammar and word choice. It's a diary, you don't expect perfect writing in it. In reality you wouldn't show your diary to anyone and it wouldn't be judged on its proof-reading.

So there we have it. An interview with Monet1616 and a few tips to help you with narrative diary writing. There are many narrative diaries like the series "My Story" that are based on real history that have a fiction writer but it tells you what happened at that time. Other examples are "The Plague", "The Trenches" and "The Fall of the Blade".

So keep on writing and next week I'll be interviewing one of Whyville's best Entertainment/Comic maker. To help you make fun comics for everyone to enjoy!

Until then . . . Have fun writing!



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