Thoughts on thoughts
It’s common knowledge that when representing dialogue in our writing, we never do so in a completely authentic way. Gone are the ‘ums’ and ‘ers’ that would make our characters seem like hesitant morons. Gone are the repetitive habitual fillers such as ‘like’ and ‘you know’ after every other word that would interrupt the flow to the extent that it couldn’t be followed. And don’t get me started on the modern habit of raising the inflexion of the voice at the end of every sentence which makes it sound as if everything is a question!
But what about thoughts. How should we represent those and make the characters having them seem authentic? Think about it; unless I’m unique, my thoughts flit from one thing to another constantly. I almost never have a single unambiguous, uninterrupted train of thought that lasts for any length of time. Equally, my motives are rarely that clear or straightforward either; more a morass of conflicting wants and desires. But on paper, in a novel, how ‘cleaned up’ do I need to make them. Hmmm
I did hear that Ford Maddox Ford was the author that best represented human thoughts and motives. I’ve not read any of his work though, perhaps I should. Have you? If so, what did you think?