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The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Good Dialogue

 Mar 1, 2016

Astute fiction fans often look first at a novel’s dialogue structure when debating whether or not to read on. It provides instant insights into the writer’s ability and experience. If you want your fiction to vault this hurdle, make sure your dialogue is on firm ground when it comes to punctuation marks, capitalization, and tags. Here’s a look at dialogue’s basic building blocks.

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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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The Key to Writing Fresh Fiction

 Mar 7, 2017

With so many brilliant works already out there, staying fresh is more and more of a challenge for writers. But people constantly look for new twists and flavors in their reading material, and woe betide the writer who doesn’t deliver.

Sounds intimidating? You bet. But good writers manage to captivate their audience time and again with fresh ideas and details. The following principle will help you boost your originality, too.

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