やさしい英語会話 (297) Writer's Block Can Be a Problem

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作文やレポートなど、何かまとまった文章を書こうと思ったとき、なかなか言葉が出てこないことがよくあります。このような筆の進まない状態を、英語では"writer's block"と言います。今回の会話に登場する男性も、そんな"writer's block"に悩まされているようです。そこで女性がいろいろとアドバイスをしますが…。

今回は「ばかげた」「いまいましい」など、英語の口語表現でよく用いられる「ネガティブワード」がたくさん登場します。使う時には注意が必要ですが、まとめて覚えておくには最適な会話です。

(初級〜中級)
*** It's a Good Expression ***
(今回の重要表現)

silly
ばかげた

dang
(俗語)ひどい

annoying
うっとうしい

rubbish
ごみ(クズ)のような

(to) incorporate A into B
AをBに合体させる、取り込む

clashing personalities
性格のぶつかりあい

dull
つまらない

If you understand what you already have it's easier to not sound so repetitive.
すでに書いたことがわかっていれば、(お話が)くどくならないようにするのは簡単よ。

bullet points
箇条書き

rather unpredictable
かなり予想のつかない

(to) win the lottery
宝くじに当たる

I highly doubt it.
それはかなり疑わしい(そうならないと思う)

*** Script ***

Writer's Block Can Be a Problem

Situation: A man, by himself, is trying to write, but he has writer's block.

M: Ugghh, what am I gonna do next!? Ah! This is a silly character! Come on… Think of your own dang story!

W: (Entering the room) Hi, Richard. Are you OK?

M: Ah! Writers block. How do I get these annoying characters to do something interesting in this rubbish story!?

W: Wow, you're doing a great job promoting your new novel!

M: Ah! What should I do next?

W: Um, are there any new characters, or old ones you could incorporate? Maybe some clashing personalities?

M: I guess, but the situation they're in now is a bit dull. And I can't think of anything.

W: Maybe write down everything you've already got? I guess if you understand what you already have it's easier to not sound so repetitive. And it might help you take a step forward.

M: OK…

W: And bullet points are fine. You don't need to re-write the whole book.

M: Hmm… You're right. Anything else you can think of?

W: Make a list of things that wouldn't happen next.

M: Why… why would I do that?

W: You never know what your story might need.

M: I guess…

W: And, if you think about it, real life is rather unpredictable. We could make a list of things that are unlikely to happen. For example, I could win the lottery tomorrow! Ha ha… But I highly doubt it.

M: OK, OK, I get it... Hey! I've got it! I know what to do!

W: (In a singing style.) You're welcome!

(Written by Stella-Maree Trounson)

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