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Offline Skip Slocum

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I Need the Term Name for / Question
« on: January 09, 2014, 03:25:15 PM »
Please, I need some help with a proper term for an action found in writing.

First the definition so you can see what I’m looking for, so I may add this to our glossary. –>

   Characters involved in dialogue/ conversation that does not push the plot. –

I thought this situation was called ‘Navel-Gazing’ but there seems to be some discord among some of the people I have asked. The dictionary lists NG as”

navel-gazing
n
1. self-absorbed behavior


Applying this to writing begs the question ‘on whose part’ is it on the writer’s part or the characters within the story? And therefor is a tad ambiguous.

Other words offered to this subject are/have been:

'Teacup Syndrome' = used to describe the excessive and pointless use of description –

The key word in that definition is, ‘Description’ and therefor does not apply to what I’m looking for. (and I cannot find, ‘teacup syndrome’ as a term elsewhere, to corroborate this definition.)

So, if you can offer some help here, please. What is the term for?

   Characters engaging in dialogue/ conversation that does not push the plot.

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Re: I Need the Term Name for / Question
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 04:00:56 PM »
"Talking heads" is the pejorative term that describes dull characters speaking unnecessary dialogue.

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Re: I Need the Term Name for / Question
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014, 04:09:50 PM »
Cool beans, thank you.  ;D

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Re: I Need the Term Name for / Question
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2014, 10:25:34 AM »
Are the characters you refer to those that are not part of the story, like talk overheard from an adjacent table in a restaurant or are they main characters who just happen to be talking about the weather or their cat?
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Re: I Need the Term Name for / Question
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2014, 10:40:55 AM »
Hey, TheDude. Unfortunately Skip passed away last Saturday.  :(
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Re: I Need the Term Name for / Question
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2014, 12:19:16 PM »
Sorry. Yeah, I knew that. I saw the thread and just automatically posted a reply. I guess the question still needs to be answered for the glossary ...
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Re: I Need the Term Name for / Question
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2014, 04:25:48 PM »
Sorry. Yeah, I knew that. I saw the thread and just automatically posted a reply. I guess the question still needs to be answered for the glossary ...

It's quite strange to read his words here. Gives a bit of insight on what was on his mind before he passed away.
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