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Story Development and Execution Part 4: Dialogue

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Ciao, SEers. We’re at part four of this series: dialogue. I’ve written two posts on the subject (101 and 201), and there are several others by my colleagues. Harmony has a series of tips, and John discusses tags and beats. Today, my goal is to show how to use dialogue to reveal your story.

The best way to write realistic dialogue for your characters is to study how people talk in real life. Study it; don’t duplicate it. The astute student will notice right away that real conversations are boring and riddled with fillers. You want your dialogue to sparkle. Eliminate the ums and ahs (unless the character is supposed to be hesitating and stammering, which shouldn’t happen often), Also, get rid of those dull five-minute greetings where people discuss traffic and weather. Cut straight to the chase. You might find you don’t even need…

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Plan Ahead to Maximize Writing Time

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today.

Most of us would agree that there aren’t enough hours in the day, especially when it comes to writing. For me, it seems that Murphy’s Law often happens during my writing sessions—an unexpected phone call, visit, or an urgent matter that must be dealt with immediately. (I’ll not mention the times I distract myself. Oh, wait. I just did.)

You get the idea. While it’s impossible to avoid every distracting situation, there are a few things we can do to maximize our writing time.

Let’s say you’re ready to begin a new project or perhaps you have a deadline to get a draft of your novel to the publisher. You’ve set a goal to finish within “x” number of days. Every minute counts—whether you’re able to write full-time or still hold a job outside the home.

We all know there’s more to being…

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The Best Way Writers Can Build Their Brand – by C.S. Lakin…

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on Live Write Thrive:

If you’re a writer, at some point you’ve daydreamed about success and what that would look like.

Your book topping at #1 on the best-seller lists.

Your name popping up on blog posts and news articles, along with praise for your masterpiece.

Fans sending you emails and posting reviews daily, gushing with enthusiasm over your book and expressing eagerness for your next release.

Oh, the fame and fortune and glamor that await …

But … you know that for these dreams to become reality you have to do more than write a terrific book. You have to create a brand.

A what? you ask.

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Itchy Bitesized 5: Sixteen Things You Need to Become a Writer (and twelve things you don’t) – by Emma Darwin…

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When I meet someone who says they’d love to be a writer but they’ve never studied Creative Writing, or they can’t spell, or they always got bad marks in English at school, I say, with truth, that you don’t need any of those things.

So, first, let’s be clear:

12 things you don’t need, to become a writer:

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Gestures and Dialogue – A Perfect Show Don’t Tell Team.

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Hi SEers. John with you again. I hope you had a great weekend and am rearing to go this Monday morning. Grab a cup of coffee and join me in a discussion about character gestures. (I know not the most exciting thing for a Monday morning.)

Most of you don’t know that my books contain an unusually high amount of dialogue. For some reason, I love to write dialogue and write it without tags. Why a lot of dialogue, and what’s up with no tags? The quantity of dialogue comes from my training on “show don’t tell.” I know dialogue works as a show vehicle. Writing dialogue without tags is my method of keeping the reader in the story. I believe that tags can pull a reader out of the story, especially if they require the mind to do any thinking about the tag.

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How to Write a Book Description: The Ultimate Guide to a Best-Selling Book Blurb – By Jason Hamilton…

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on Kindlepreneur:

A book description is one of the most important tools in a book marketers arsenal. Next to the book cover and the title of your book, your book description (sometimes called the book blurb) is your most important selling point.

A bad book description will make your book look unprofessional and will likely lose you sales.

I’ve seen countless authors touch up their book description, only to find that their sales jumped up considerably after making just a few changes.

Follow some of the tips in this article, and you could end up with a book description that leaves your book flying off of the metaphorical shelves.

In this article, you will learn:

  1. The role that a book description plays
  2. How to write nonfiction book descriptions
  3. How to write fiction book descriptions
  4. General advice for creating the perfect book description

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Easter Eggs

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Hi, Gang. Craig with you once more with something kind of fun. Easter Eggs are little extras that appear in stories, film, and video games that make the story a little more entertaining. They’re the kind of thing where if you don’t have insider knowledge, you aren’t going to miss a thing. With inside knowledge you might get a chuckle or smile out of them.

Here are some examples, in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jones and Elsa find a painting on the wall of the lost ark. It’s a bit of humor that didn’t cost a thing.

The 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans has a couple of seconds dedicated to Bubo the wind-up owl from the original film.

Tom Cruise’s remake of the Mummy had a scene with The Book of the Dead from Brendan Fraser’s classic film.

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Out of the Blue, Too Good to Be True: Beware Soliciation Scams – By Victoria Strauss…

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on Writer Unboxed:

When I do presentations and Q&As, I’m often asked to name the most common scheme or scam writers need to watch out for.

Usually, I have to think a moment before I answer—not just because the universe of writer-focused predation is constantly evolving (for instance, there are far fewer fee-charging literary agents now than there were when Writer Beware was founded), but because the ways in which writers can be tricked and exploited are so many and various that it’s hard to choose.

These days, though, I can respond without hesitation. By far the most prevalent writer-focused scams are solicitation scams.

Solicitation scammers contact writers out of the blue with publishing-related offers that seem too good to be true. A literary agency is interested in your work! A prestigious publisher wants to acquire your book! A film producer wants to turn your novel into a movie! A…

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