Attitude  

How to Keep Your Passion Burning

 Mar 1, 2016

Ah, the fresh start of a novel. How I love it: the excitement of meeting new characters, the limitless options, the scenes that can’t wait to be written. If you ignore that panic-inducing face-off with the blank page, it’s an exhilarating moment.

And almost as exhilarating, or perhaps even more, is the feeling of writing “The End” and laying down your, well,  keyboard.

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Dialog  

Saidism: Fifty Shades of "Said"

 Mar 1, 2016

You know that moment. Your character has just spoken, and it’s time to add that little identifier after the dialog line.

But "he said" or "she said" is so boring.

Why not have your character intone? Articulate? Mutter, gasp, croak, chant, mumble, growl, snap, snarl? So many interesting verbs are waiting for your use. What’s wrong with them?

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