Setting: Show Me. And Then I’ll Believe…

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017


There’s a difference between writing for film and theatre…and novelists can use this difference when they work on Settings…

What do tables, rings and stories have in common?

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Settings. Today we start a new set of vlogs covering that very thing.

Creating Dialogue: A Big Don’t When Rule

Monday, April 10th, 2017


When to tread softly on the rocky road to creating memorable dialogue.

Dialogue: Creating Memorable Voices.

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Just like snowflakes, each voice should be recognizable and different. Here’s how to make your characters’ voices distinct.

Frying your Readers’ Hair. Swearing and When to Go Easy.

Monday, March 27th, 2017


Today we’re going to talk about the !$*&!@ words, and when to use them. Or not.

Speaking of Dialogue…When Not to Shut Up. The Unless..is More…Rule.

Monday, March 20th, 2017


Sometimes dialogue deserves repetition. Here’s how and why that works.

Speaking of Dialogue…When to Shut Up.

Monday, March 13th, 2017


Not everything needs to be said.   Here are some tips on what to leave out and when:

Dialogue. The opening page – Part 2

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

In our previous post we began discussing the critical first page.

Hi!    Today we’re going to talk about dialogue and that critical first page of your novel.
Not every novel lends itself to dialogue on the opening page, but if you can pull it off, here are some reasons why to do it:

•It physically breaks up the page.

That’s a good thing.
It gives the reader some white space.
Immediately, the reader believes rightly or wrongly…that your book is going to be a fast and fun read.
•Another one?
•It gets us right into the middle of an action.

And that engages us immediately.
Keep in mind that our real goal is to create a dream bubble…
A special world that the reader sinks into and inhabits…

Getting that reader into that world quickly is a big deal.
•The biggest reason?
Done correctly using dialogue on the first page immediately gives us a quick thumbnail of a character who piques are interest…
And something to worry about.

•Oooh.  You have that combination.   It’s gold.

Here’s an example dialogue on the first page…from my first thriller: The Timer Game.
The opening line of that book is a single sentence of dialogue.
Later on that page, we find that it’s spoken by a five-year old girl to her mother as they shop for a Halloween costume.
The opening line is this:
“If somebody’s following us, would you know?”

•Not bad.

Now it’s your turn.
Look at that critical first page of your novel
•and see if there’s a way to insert dialogue.
Write!
And I’ll see you next week.

Dialogue. The Opening Page.

Monday, March 6th, 2017


So you want to start your novel off with a bang? Here’s one simple way to do that.

Dialogue: Who’s who and how we know.

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Today we talk about how to keep the players straight as they open their mouths.