A...curious question; Lisps in writing
by, 13-Feb-2008 at 23:13 (615 Views)
Is it...possible...to write something that's both eye-meltingly cute and secretly somewhat perverse at the same time? >.> I'm beginning to think writing a babyfur novel has its fine share of oxymoronic situations, because I've already done it [i]twice[/i], I think, and I [i]still[/i] plan on putting the writings in question into my story. I mean, I can't just [i]not[/i] do it, now, not after all the work that went into it. Everything I write feels like a part of my soul is attached to it...it's even better because I'm proud of what it is that I write.
Now, then. I'm sure a lot of the writers here who have written some type of infantilism-based story (well, particularly those in the *B/*F (AB, TB, BF, DF) genre) have at some point used, or at least witnessed another writer using, the babyish lisp. The one thing I haven't seen yet is a grammatically correct and sound usage of infant- and toddler-speak, which makes it very hard for me in a manner of ways, and not just because it's a little difficult to read.
Then how so?
It's very complicated to establish a grammatically correct sense of using lisps and speaking mannerisms when you don't see anyone else noticeably doing it properly; not to say the way it's sometimes done is wrong, mind you. But onto the topic at hand...I'm getting fairly close to the stage in my story (which will be in the very beginning of Chapter 4) where I'll begin to make use of toddler-speak. No, no, it's not necessarily Aeonis who'll be doing it, but another cute little Enian critter of mine whom all of my readers will be getting familiar with -- an adorable li'l diapered pup, and you'll know who I'm talking about once you see him. :3
The thing I've noticed about using a babyish form of speaking is that the grammatical undertakings necessary for an endeavor such as that are very unique to me, in the sense that it's something I've never really tried to perfect in terms of grammar until a little while ago, and it's certainly a type of dialect I'm not used to accurately reading or directly using for myself. In the role-play sessions that I perform with my FTT brothers on occasion, where the grammar/diction constraints are generally not as strict or overbearing -- basically, where I'm not feeling pressed or absolutely obliged to do everything as neatly and perfectly as possible, because it's not like the impression I produce by doing something wrong will count against me -- there's both room for improvising and [i]practicing[/i] my technique for typing out the lisp as accurately as possible, but without fear of mistakes. To see it actively flow as the stories my brother (Kin) and I create progress gives me a very good feel as to what I'm doing right and wrong -- if it doesn't feel good or flow properly, I change it, improve it, and move on.
To actually put it into my real work, which shall be read and challenged by the judgmental eyes of this forum community and one other? Now [i]that[/i] will be a treat.