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The One About Voices: Narrative and Character Personality

The One About Voices: Narrative and Character Personality

Voice is a confusing aspect of writing because of its inherent vagueness.  Many novelists struggle with finding ‘their voice’ or their character’s voice.  If we want to better understand…

Dialogue: Explain Yourself

Dialogue: Explain Yourself

Only one thing matters when you are writing dialogue.  One thing will be the difference between good and (really) bad dialogue.  That one thing is a question.  A question of…

5 Keys to Emotional Dialogue

5 Keys to Emotional Dialogue

Writing dialogue is tough.  We know that as writers.  And it gets harder when the dialogue we’re writing is (supposed to be) emotionally charged, or at the very least…

Dialogue Basics: What You Need to Know

Dialogue Basics: What You Need to Know

So… Dialogue.  You can’t really avoid it in your novel… but it’s /so/ hard.  Here are some dialogue basics to help understand your novel’s dialogue, and (hopefully…

Pain: More Than a Burn

Pain: More Than a Burn

Pain is one of the hardest things to describe in a novel.  Why?  Because we already have predetermined list of words which we use to talk about it, and those…

Choosing Great Details (and Where to Find Them)

Choosing Great Details (and Where to Find Them)

I’m going to keep this post short for two reasons: You need to work on your NaNo I need to work on my NaNo   That said, let’s…

How to Write a Fantastic Opening Line (for you baby NaNo.)

How to Write a Fantastic Opening Line (for you baby NaNo.)

Well… the madness has begun. NaNo is here, the time of 50,000 words or death, it’s do or don’t do for us writers, and there really is…