Surrounding the island
But what sea?
It's always overflowing.
Then no again,
In sea spray
And no again.
It can't be still.
My name is sea.
This is the first stanza of "Ode To the Sea"" by Pablo Neruda
Yes and no. They seem simple enough, but as I write I often have trouble expressing how my characters say yes and no. Because characters don't always use the words, do they? "Yes," for instance, can sound too formal at times. "No" can be too hard.
So, I sometimes have my characters shake their heads. To me, this means "no," but I've had people tell me that shaking one's head can mean either yes or no. What do you think?
And what about those grunts that people use. How do you spell "Uh huh" and "Unh unh"? Do you trust that people will understand you?
Just an ever-so-gentle reminder that there are a few days left to enter if you want to win a novel critique by me, with some extra help by Scott and Michelle. The contest runs until the end of the month!