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Talking heads. Why you should shut them up, pronto

‘Narnia! It’s all in the wardrobe just like I told you!’

Dialogue. Lordy lord, it can bring writers undone.

Basically, dialogue needs to lively and straight to the point. 462 more words

Elmore Leonard's Rules for Writers #4: Never Use an Adverb to Modify the Verb "Said"

Welcome to the fourth in a series of posts covering Elmore Leonard’s rules for writers. Leonard started his career writing westerns, then switched to hard-boiled crime, which became his specialty. 492 more words

How To Write A Book

The Dos and Don'ts of Dialogue Tags

by Ryan Lanz

Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. 947 more words

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Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writers #3: Never Use a Verb other than “Said” to Carry Dialogue

Welcome to the third in a series of posts covering Elmore Leonard’s rules for writers. Leonard started his career writing westerns, then switched to hard-boiled crime, which became his specialty. 710 more words

How To Write A Book

Let's Talk Dialogue

Ever since our vocabulary extended beyond “Mama” and “Dada,” most of us have been engaged in verbal communication, although true communication is rarely limited to voice alone. 553 more words

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How to Avoid Wordy Writing

Wordy writing, sometimes called overwriting, can destroy a good plot by drowning it in excessive detail, repetition, stilted speech and redundancy. Overwriting stops story action. Simplicity is the key to avoiding wordy writing. 275 more words

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How to Improve Dialogue

     Dialogue.  I know how hard it can be to create meaningful yet believable dialogue.  But how to do it?

      Try listening to everyday conversations.  Really try to understand how people communicate with each other in real life.  294 more words

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