Dialogue:  Weeding in the Garden of Adverbs

Monday, February 20th, 2017


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.