Tag: dialogue


Articles / On Dialogue

Dynamic Dialogue   As I sat down to write this article, I found instead of coming up with an explanation of what dynamic dialogue was, I continually thought about what dynamic dialogue wasn’t. 🙂 So forgive me if I start this article a bit backward. So, what isn’t dynamic dialogue? boring mundane repetitive bland unvaried contrived interrogatory (not a Q&A session) over-the-top (especially when showing...

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Articles / On Writing

Keep it Simple, Silly!   KISS: Keep It Simple, Silly. That’s a cleaned-up version of a mantra most of us have heard time and time again. Keep it simple. And I’d never call anyone… well, you know. So silly works better for me. I find I use the word simplify rather often in my notes to authors, and it struck me that this could be...

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Guest Post: Writing Dialogue in Historical Fiction by Sandi Layne Guest Posts

I am thrilled to bring today’s guest post from author, Sandi Layne. Writing Dialogue in Historical Fiction ~ or ~ King Henry VIII Did Not Speak in Iambic Pentameter by Sandi Layne “Put me down,” I cried furiously. “Put me down! I don’t want to be Emperor. I refuse to be Emperor. Long live the Republic!” But they only laughed. “That’s a good one. He...

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Tips

For today’s Diva Tip, we are going to discuss the placement of creative narrative in relation to dialogue. When you replace dialogue tags with creative narrative, the narrative is used to indicate who is speaking. When such dialogue is improperly paragraphed, it can cause chaos. A common error is jumble up the dialogue, while depending on the dialogue tags to sort it all out. Wrong:...

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Tips

In today’s article, we’ve provided you with 12 tips to help Americanize your dialogue. Nothing creates a disharmonious chord in your book faster than characters who are purported to be from one place speaking and thinking as though they are from another. American characters who sound British or Australian stand out in a bad way. Use these tips to add authentic flavor to your characters....

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Ask the Divas

This week, the question for Ask the Divas is What’s so bad about creative dialogue tags? To answer this question, we have to identify what a dialogue tag is and what purpose it serves. Then can we highlight creative dialogue tags and show why your efforts are better spent elsewhere. Dialogue tags are noun/verb pairings that attach to a line of dialogue—usually with a comma,...

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