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Book Review: Writing Realistic Dialogue & Flash Fiction by Harvey Stanbrough

Harvey Stanbrough’s Writing Realistic Dialogue & Flash Fiction, a thorough primer for writers of fiction and essays is a mouthful of title but a mind-full of book. 702 more words

Professional Development

An Interview with Stefanie Freele

Stefanie Freele is the author of two short story collections: Surrounded by Water and Feeding Strays. Her story “While Surrounded by Water” won the Glimmer Train Fiction Award and “Us Hungarians received second place in the Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest. 856 more words

Writers On Writing

MASTER LIST of Gestures and Body Language!

Hey there! Lots of writers liked my list of facial expressions, so I thought I would do a companion post about gestures and body language. Describing these can help readers visualize a scene and get a feel for the characters, and again, they can set up lines of dialogue so you don’t have a string of… 1,202 more words

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Writing Dialogue: It's Not All Talk!

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of dialogue in manuscript. Some would-be famous novelists are better at it than others. Ditto some published novelists.

Recently two things have struck me about the products of people who are developing skill in writing conversation: they either get so baroque with the attributions as to become unintentionally silly (“Let’s go,” said Tom swiftly…or better yet, “Let’s go!” Tom ejaculated), or they go full throttle in the other direction with no attributions (“dialogue tags”) in page after page of back and forth (this is called… 1,051 more words


Advice vs Example: How Best to Write Dialogue

Ever since I started taking my writing craft seriously, I have read a lot of advice on how to write dialogue. Specifically on dialogue tags. 660 more words


Review: To Have and Have Not

To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not too shabby for a novel that was pieced together using fragments of short-stories. 188 more words


Thinking about dialogue

On Friday evening, my wife suggested the children pick out a movie to watch before bed. We could have a little family time, eat some popcorn and hang out. 1,054 more words

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