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Monday, July 15, 2013

Hints and Tips: Writing Dialogue In Accents and Dialect

KATE EVANS - We have a long literary tradition of writing dialogue in accents and dialect. Mark Twain comes to mind, as a master of the written idiom. Dialect instantly gives characters authenticity and offers insight into their attitudes, background, and education. An accent allows the reader to use their sense of hearing and gives text depth and flavor.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Workshop Muse: Keeping a Writers' Notebook

ALI HALE - If you’ve ever had aspirations towards fiction-writing, you’ve doubtlessly heard the advice to keep a notebook on you at all times, to jot down those elusive flashes of brilliance that come at the most inopportune moments. It’s definitely a good idea to have pen and paper to hand as much as possible – however, the discipline of keeping a writers’ notebook means more than just scribbling a few words when inspiration strikes.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Hints and Tips: Tips for Writers

WIRED FOR STORY - Whether you’re pounding out that first draft, polishing the sixteenth, or trying to harness the power of story to your real life — like, say, spinning a tale about why you were late to work yet again — a few tips about story always come in handy.

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Workshop Muse: Writer’s Block - Overcome It By Following The Map

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WRITE TO DONE - You know there are specific ways you can think about character and plot development that might get the words flowing, but even as you try to remember them, it seems too late. The blockage has taken over everything.

Wouldn’t it be ideal if you had a map you could follow? A map to help you overcome writer’s block; one that tells you what to do when you get stuck?

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Story Crafting: Structure

DEBBIE LEE WESSELMANN - Structure is one of the most difficult concepts to teach, primarily because each project requires its own peculiar organization; however, since a story’s impact depends as much as ordering as on content, aspiring writers would be well advised to analyze professionally written fiction to determine the effect of the structure.  If you are just beginning to write fiction, please note that this is an advanced topic.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Cultivating Characters: 15 Stock Characters - and How to Restock Them

MARK NICHOL - Does the cast of characters in your novel or short story fall under some of these categories? Take care that your characters don’t fall into the cliché trap: If you find that they resemble one of the stereotypes below, reconsider your characterization or at least provide the dramatis persona with a distinguishing personality characteristic that’s a twist on the same old, same old.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Hints and Tips: Using Beats to Bring Your Dialogue to Life - Turn the Beat Around

BOOKBABY - A “beat” is a description of the physical action a character makes while speaking, and good beats can bring your characters to life and make your dialogue pop right off the page.
Beats can also help you show your readers instead of telling them. (Misuse of show, not tell is a common mistake many first-time authors make. Remember that readers don’t like to be told what to think!)

Read more at Using Beats to Bring Your Dialogue to Life: Turn the Beat Around.