Dialogue

10 Dialogue Errors Writers Should Avoid

Some writers love writing dialogue and others find it intimidating. Given that modern novels are full of dialogue, it is something we need to take seriously. Readers love dialogue and they often skip chunks of description to get to these exchanges between characters. A year…

The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

I used to do manuscript appraisals when I taught creative writing full time. I would never have been able to do it without teaching, though, because teaching taught me how to become a critical reader. I learnt to observe, to critique, and to improve my…

What Writers Can Learn From The Coolest Podcasts On The Web

I love listening to podcasts and they are great for improving your writing. I have written about listening and using a series like Serial  before. It is a must-listen for crime writers. It’s fascinating to hear how she breaks down the investigation and pulls apart the…

10 Dialogue Errors To Avoid At All Costs

Writing good dialogue can be difficult. Here are some of the most common mistakes beginner writers make. Stilted exchanges – Your dialogue may not sound natural. Read it aloud and see if it sounds like something your character would say. Have you included contractions? We say “I’ll”…

Why Repeating Yourself In Dialogue Can Be A Good Thing

I have been writing about dialogue these past few weeks. Today, I want to talk about why repetition is a powerful writing tool. Used correctly, it becomes a great literary device. Used incorrectly it is annoying, clumsy and points to a lazy writer. Here is a list of all the…

Why Adverbs Are The Tequila Of Writing Dialogue

I have been writing about dialogue these past few weeks. Today, I want to talk about adverbs and why you should try to avoid them. Adverbs tell us how something was done. You should rather try to show us how it was done. When I…
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