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How to Write Dialogue #Editingtips

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Dialogue is Tough.

I’ve read some novels which left me in tears–but not because the book was emotionally moving.

I am a dialogue Nazi. If the dialogue sucks, I’m out. Here are some tips to help your dialogue.

Tip 1: Give your dialogue personality. 

Example: (Cheesy) “George, I’m scared. My crystal balls have predicted that awful things are going to happen to us at the park on Friday night. We can’t go. It’s Friday the 13th. I’ve seen signs of frightening things in the balls for us.”

Example: (Non-cheese) “George, please.” Lisa grabbed George’s arm, her fingers shaking. “You may not believe in crystal balls, but you have to listen this time. We can’t go to the park Friday night.” Lisa’s face paled. “I’ve seen us both die.”

As an author, you want the reader to feel the horror Lisa is feeling.

Tip 2: Add action tags instead of dialogue tags.

Example (dialogue tag): “Let go of my arm!” she screamed.

Example (action tag): “Let go of my arm!” Lisa’s face twisted in agony.

Tip 3: If possible, avoid tags all together. 

“Let go of my arm!”

“I’m not hurting you.”

“Yes you are!” Lisa bit down hard on George’s fingers.

Hope you enjoyed my tips! Brew those books into beautiful works of art!

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Adverb Horror: What is an Adverb? #Editingtips

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OH THE HORRRRRROR! 

As an editor I have run into what I call: adverb horror.

What is an adverb? Let’s find out!

Defining an Adverb

An adverb is a word that describes – or modifies, as grammarians put it – a verb, an adjective or another adverb.

  • A verb is an action word (jump, run, swim, skip, fish, talk)
  • An adjective is a descriptive word that describes a noun (spicy, happy, silly, cloudy)
  • A noun is a person, place or thing (boy, cat, mom)

It is easy to see how adverbs describe, or modify, verbs, since they simply explain most about the action. For example:

  • He silently runs
  • She quickly walks
  • He cheerfully chatters

Adverbs can also describe adjectives or other adverbs. They provide more information about that other descriptive word.  For example:

  • He very silently runs. In this sentence, silently is an adverb describing the word runs. Very is another adverb, this time describing the word silently.
  • The very silly girl sat down. In this sentence, silly is an adjective describing the noun girl. Very is an adverb describing the adjective silly.

Now that we got that straight. Unless you want your book to turn into Twilight, avoid the adverbs. Some in moderation are okay such as: “I can’t believe you did that,” he said quietly.

A few of these sentences aren’t too horrifying, but to improve your writing, you want to do something like this: “I can’t believe you did that.” His voice dropped down to a whisper.

Too many adverbs can turn into a nightmare. There are many ways to change adverbs in your novel.

Example: (Adverb horror): “Listen to me!” he said angrily.

Example: (I love you): “Listen to me!” His hands tightened into fists, his face turning a deep shade of red.

Now what would you prefer as a reader? See how avoiding the adverbs paints a better picture?  Avoid the horror show.

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How to Keep Writing Your Book (Step 3)

Step 3

Write what you Love

Love what you Write

It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon of what’s selling now-a-days, but here’s a tip I’ve learned: write what you love and love what you write. I was reading a forum, and an author gave some great advice.

  • Pick a popular genre that you love and write that. I felt like slapping my forehead and saying, “Duh!” 

What makes you giddy and crazy?

 For me personally I have always loved the weird and the strange.

  • Superheroes
  • Weird powers
  • Paranormal

 There’s just something about a man in tights. 

Tight tights! 

I was sitting in the break room of my retail job, when suddenly I saw this image of a kid who can wield light. I started scribbling on my notepad, seeing an entire scene unfold before my eyes.

  • What sparks you?

Don’t know yet, hey, it’s okay; we’re going to find out together!

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How to Keep Writing Your Book (Step 2)

Step 2

A Little Goes a Long Way

You would be shocked and surprised how just sitting down at your computer for 10 to 15 minutes a day will create a full length novel in no time!

  •  It’s easy to be too tired or too busy.  One thing I’ve learned is you make time for what you love.

Do you love writing?

If you don’t love writing, it’s going to be hard for you to want to write a book. If you’re just looking for some quick cash, get out of this profession while you still can!

  •  Writing is something you pour your heart and soul into.

Your next step to writing a novel is: to love the writing process. If you’re struggling with loving to write, find out what’s making you feel that way.

  • Are you discouraged about it?
  • Haven’t had people encourage you?

I hope by the end of these blog posts you find a crazy love for writing.

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How to Keep Writing Your Book (Step 1)

Step One

Get Inspired

So, you want to write a book. Yay! The first step into writing a book is the desire to write a book.

I have a friend who is a fairly calm, serious person, but this girl loves Beauty and the Beast. I watched as my sister-in-law handed her a Beauty and the Beast mug, and this girl squealed like a five-year-old.

What gets your inner kid screaming for joy?

I hope you said writing, because finding that love of writing is what is going to help you finish your book!  Find the joy before you even put your fingers to the keyboard.

What inspires your inner writer?

  • Is it talking with other authors?
  • Reading a really good book?
  • Watching a movie?
  • A video game?

So many things inspire people. When I was a teenager I’d watch  a superhero movie and it would spur the inner writer in me.

Now your fingers are on the keyboard and you wrote a few pages. You’re excited and you’re ready to finish this bad boy in an hour!

Unfortunately, most novels take more than a few hours—unless you are Superman!

  • With the internet and fast food, we can easily get used to everything happening in a few seconds.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when your goal is an 80k word book, and your screen is telling you that you’ve done 500 words. It’s super easy to walk away. But! If you want to write a book you gotta do the next step.

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