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When Writing Dialogue, Don’t Forget Who’s Talking — Kyle A. Massa

A burly henchman wearing an eyepatch and a prickly sneer leans against a castle parapet. He stands not three paces away from a knight in glittering armor.

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Writing & Editing Tips Revisited - Contractions in Dialogue #wwwblogs #writingtips #WritingANovel

A very quick tip here for writers struggling with dialogue.

One of the issues that I find in a lot of the manuscripts I edit is that the dialogue can seem forced and contrived. 248 more words

Elmore Leonard’s Rules for Writers #7: Use Regional Dialect, Patois, Sparingly

Welcome to the seventh 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. 614 more words

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Writing Dialogue

If there’s one thing I can write well, it’s dialogue. It’s probably the only thing I write well. Unfortunately, it’s also the only thing I write. 713 more words

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Talking heads. Why you should shut them up, pronto

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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

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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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