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How to Write Accents and Dialects

Your treatment of accents and dialects can make or break your mystery novel. The ability to accurately write accents and dialects is important because your characters come from all over, and their particular dialect or accent can reveal differences in ethnicity, geography, demographics, class, education, and culture. 214 more words

Writing Craft

The Word Weasel - Dialogue is Best Left Un-Said

The Word Weasel – Dialogue is Best Left Un-Said.

True, and I wish more authors wrote dialogue this way.

But most don’t.

Why not? Because the author is ignorant, or because the author assumes the reader needs help (is ignorant)?


Writing Tip: How to Write Proper Dialogue (and Save Lives in the Process)

There are a lot of steps to writing good dialogue for American lit – but leaving the realistic nature aside, let’s focus on the structure of it. 355 more words


Recommended Read: "5 Great Rules for Writing Dialogue from Wendy Storer"

I’ve been preaching #2 for years, but Wendy says it better than I’ve ever been able to. I can’t tell you how often I read poor dialogue between characters, or dialogue that just doesn’t get to the point (do I REALLY have to read the “Hi, how are you today?” “I’m fine, and yourself?” formalities between two characters EVERY time they come across one another??? 42 more words

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How to Make High Concept Stories Unpredictable

It sometimes seems like the fabulists are taking over the literary world: George Saunders, Aimee Bender, Kelly Link, Karen Russell, Manuel Gonzales, and Amelia Gray, to name a few. 1,572 more words

Creative Writing Prompts

He said/She said

He said/She said  – On Dialogue   

“You really need to work on your dialogue,” she said.

“Oh really?” He answered smart-assedly.

Yes, really.  Dialogue is a tricky thing – first to be able to write the way people actually talk and then, well, to label it correctly. 344 more words


How to Write Riveting, Mundane Dialogue

One of the drawbacks of the “raise the stakes” and “put a gun on the wall” comments in workshop is that writers begin to make every moment in a story or novel the equivalent of a gunshot. 1,163 more words

Creative Writing Prompts