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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

Characterization

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

Writing

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

Reviews

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

Novel Writing

Convince your reader to take a leap of faith (instead of a flying leap)

By Ned Hickson

Writing must ring true with readers for them to become emotionally invested. This is particularly important when it comes to fiction, where you are often asking readers to suspend their disbelief and buy into something — such as an eccentric character, over-the-top situation or random reference to the new… 1,296 more words

Miscellaneous News

An Interview with Judy Chicurel

Judy Chicurel’s writing has appeared The New York Times, Newsday and Granta, and her plays have been performed in NYC theaters and at festivals, including the NYC International Fringe Festival, New Perspectives Theatre, and Metropolitan Playhouse. 1,386 more words

Writers On Writing

An Interview with Kerry Howley

Kerry Howley’s essays, reviews, and reportage have appeared in Harper’sThe New York Times MagazineSlateThe AtlanticThe Wall Street Journal… 928 more words

Writers On Writing