I know I’m not any fun at all. Last week, we talked about why to use the verb ‘said’ instead of its more showy cousins. Today we’re going to talk about getting rid of those pesky hangers-on, adverbs, leaning on the word ‘said.’
Dialogue: Use ‘said’, she said.
Monday, February 13th, 2017
Thinking about having your character hoot, howl or warble the words?
Watch this first.
Dialogue: I Swear, Officer, I Never Heard This Dialogue Before In My Life.
Monday, February 6th, 2017
We’ve been talking about the ‘don’t repeat dialogue’ rules, and when to break them.
This week we’re talking about something different: When the New Dialogue doesn’t match an Old Action…
Dialogue: Another Reason to Say it Twice
Monday, January 30th, 2017
Last week, we talked about characters repeating dialogue. And well, here they go again. Here’s the Don’t Repeat Unless…Rule, Part 2.
Dialogue: The Don’t Repeat Unless…Rule
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
Not all dialogue is meant to be said only once. Here’s a way to make repeated dialogue pay off for the reader.
Dialogue: Say it Shorter
Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Today we talk about dialogue and one way to make it better.
Theme: The Ring…and the Pants
Sunday, January 8th, 2017
Sometimes a novel’s theme emerges most clearly in an actual physical item that appears and reappears.
Theme: Roads In
Monday, January 2nd, 2017
The strongest books, the ones that stick with us, have multiple ways that the core theme is expressed. Here are ways to do that.
Theme: Casting Shadows
Monday, December 26th, 2016
Sometimes the way to get theme into your novel is to stop worrying about it.
The Theme for Today…is Theme.
Sunday, December 18th, 2016
Today we’re going to talk about theme, why it’s important and one way to get it into your novel.