How to Show Deception in Dialogue

Dialogue is one of those things you either just “get” or have to “work” at. But either way, both types of writers still need to challenge the reader and themselves. Just because your words flow well and sound realistic, doesn’t… Read More ›

10 Fundamental Dialogue Tips

It’s interesting just how subjective the craft of writing is. In elementary school we’re taught that adjectives and adverbs are our friends and that using descriptive words like, shouted, wailed, screeched, and cried are great ways to expand our dialogue… Read More ›

Editing Tip #70

Manuscript Formatting Secrets, Pt. 4 ~ It’s important to keep in mind that when an agent or small publishing house (even an imprint from a large(r) publishing house) asks for standard manuscript formatting there are a few things you need… Read More ›

Editing Tip #31

Writing A Page-Turner: Pt 2 Pacing is the balance of dialogue, exposition, summary, and action in each of your scenes.  If you want to ensure that your book is a page-turner then you need to understand what aspect of the… Read More ›

Editing Tip #15

Don’t be Afraid to Fragment, Part 3 – A look at creative sentence structures. One of the first rules we’re taught in school is to build a ‘proper’ sentence, because fragments are bad.  When you’re writing literary prose this is… Read More ›

Editing Tip #8

The Dialogue Debacle Good dialogue is all about believability – does it sound like a real person… is it true to your character’s personality and persona? There are hundreds of sources you can find online via search engines or writer… Read More ›