by Karen McCullough
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Here are five questions to ask yourself when you’re editing your own dialogue:
1. Is it boring?
What’s boring? How about this:
“Hi, Helen,” Joe said. “How are you doing today?”
“I’m just fine,” Helen replied. “How are you?”
“Great. How’s your daughter?” Joe continued.
“She’s fine, too. How’s your sister?”
Are you snoozing yet?
by Ken Barnett
Back in March, on a pure whim, I entered my self-published novel, Skeletons of Weavers Needle in the Clive Cussler Collectors Society Adventure Writers Competition for 2016.
With the contest not closing until the end of June and semi-finalists not being announced until late July, I actually pretty much forgot about it.
On July 20th I received notification that my novel was among the ten semi-finalists, selected by a judging panel of thirteen authors. Well, needless to say, that got my attention. Then, last Sunday, I received an e-mail advising me that Skeletons was among the three finalists for the $1,000.00 first prize and possible publishing considerations! Continue reading
by Karen McCullough
How your characters communicate can make or break a story. Even if the plot is strong enough to carry it, good dialogue can increase your reader’s enjoyment of a story, while bad dialogue can bounce her out of it.
Thought experiment: Consider the interactions between Han Solo and Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movie trilogy, then compare those with the interactions between Anakin and Padme in the prequel series. Which pair is more memorable?
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In my Spam folder this morning, I found a desperate plea from a Mrs. Julian in the UK, who’s dying and wants to share her vast wealth with me. You see, as she explained, she has no children, and she has cancer of the lug.
Of course I immediately wrote back and expressed how sorry I felt for her and anyone who has that tragic disease.
I haven’t heard back from her yet. But since I was so sympathetic, I’m sure she’ll get right back to me with instructions on how to make a deposit in her bank for shipping expenses, transfer fees, or whatever it is to get my money.
And I’ll be sure to do that. Cancer of the lug is a horrible disease and she deserves all the sympathy she can get.
by Maris Soule
I’ve been watching the Olympics, and I realized there are a lot of similarities between a successful athlete and a successful writer. Athletes who want to compete at the highest level practice. Most do this daily or almost daily. They don’t let illness stop them or family events. Because they want to improve, they find and hire coaches they know will take them to the next level. They watch videos of past performances to learn from their mistakes and find ways to improve. When they compete, they present themselves in the best way possible, either through their grooming or their uniforms or their attitudes. They do everything they can to look like and be winners.
Writers who want to succeed must do the same things. Simply wanting to write a book and have it published is not enough.