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Dialogue in a Nutshell

Dialogue. It sounds easy right. You get two or more characters together and you start them talking. Ah, but did you know there are rules to writing dialogue?Of course there are! But, don’t worry, I’ll try to make them easy to understand and follow. So, let’s get started. We all know that dialogue is plain and simple just easier and faster to read than narrative. It keeps the reader interested and moves the story along. That’s your first rule. Dialogue has to move the story along. As Dwight V. Swain says in The Things They Say article, “…ever and always dialogue must
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Time for a Selfie! (A newbie’s guide to the Self-Edit)

I often use the analogy of movies when talking about writing novels because they do have a number of things in common. This is yet another, although here there is a marked difference. This is yet another one, although here there is a marked difference. Without a doubt this is possibly the most soul-destroying event any new writer will experience. When making a movie, the Director will film many takes that will not end up in the final version of the film. These could be because the actors made a mistake, burst out laughing in the middle of filming, or
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Active vs. Passive Verbs

When writing fiction, you will want to use active verbs as much as possible. It helps keep the story active and the reader engaged. Do you know the difference between “active” and “passive” verbs? Well, don’t worry, we’re going to discuss them here. In ACTIVE sentences, the thing doing the action is the subject of the sentence and the thing receiving the action is the object. For example: Todd threw the ball to Jane. Thing doing action = Todd Verb = threw Thing receiving action = ball In PASSIVE sentences, the thing receiving the action is the subject of the
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10 Things I Learned about being an Independent Author

Becoming an Independent Author was a huge learning experience for me. I’ve always gone the traditionally published route, having a publisher who took care of book cover images, editing, and Pre Release reviews. However, when I released GOOD INTENTIONS in e-book and print format I had a huge learning curve to maneuver. I was so far behind the eight ball it wasn’t even funny. I made mistakes, asked questions, and basically floundered a bit until I got into my groove. However, by then, I’d missed my Pre Release and Release opportunities. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes
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