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Dialog Ain’t Just Talk

The things that make dialog great are the same things that make plots and characters great–imagination. Dialog should present surprises. The unexpected makes stories not only more interesting, but more challenging. At it’s heart, dialog is action, and its value … Continue reading

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A Conversation About Dialog

What is it that makes one novel better than another? What facets of the craft elevate a story from pro forma to profound? The first two are absurdly easy to pinpoint: great characters and intriguing plots. In addition to clear … Continue reading

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The Spice Rule

One of the many things those who are new to novel writing fail to ask is, “How much is enough?” I’m not talking about length; I’m talking about specific kinds of content, something that impacts all writers in all genres, … Continue reading

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Never too old to learn

[Posted previously, in error, for about two minutes. I apologize to everyone who tried to comment on the original post which disappeared so quickly.  The error was entirely mine. –Josh] I’m pleased to share this guest post from a wonderful … Continue reading

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The Last Word on Dialog. How to write a novel–part 25

A wonderful writer (my Dad, actually) once told me, “Good reading makes hard writing.” And it’s true. In order for the words to flow smoothly, a writer has to concentrate on moving from one idea to the next, in a logical … Continue reading

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Tag! He (or she) is it! How to write a novel–part 22

As mentioned before, good dialog isn’t real, it just sounds that way. But for reasons that will probably remain a mystery forever, many still learning the craft of writing insist on loading up their dialog with crap, by which I … Continue reading

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Whut’s that ya say? How to write a novel–part 21

Good dialog isn’t real, it just feels that way. Say what? Oy. There goes Langston–on his way ’round the bend. Again. But seriously, just listen to a “normal” conversation, and you’ll understand: And suddenly, a full minute of your life is … Continue reading

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