Posted on October 13, 2022 at 2:36 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Formatting internal dialogue is fairly easy — typically, just drop the quote marks and italicize the text. But how and...

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Posted on October 9, 2022 at 4:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The advice in the post we're sharing is very much along the lines of, keep it simple. So we'll do...

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Posted on September 26, 2022 at 1:28 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Most writing advice on dialogue centers, understandably, on what's being said. Author and educator Audrey Wick has some tips that...

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Posted on September 22, 2022 at 9:26 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Direct, forthright communication is generally a good thing in your real life. But, says author DiAnn Mills, it's less desirable...

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Posted on September 15, 2022 at 12:07 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Witty banter is probably one of those things it's easier to write than to actually do. (At least that's true...

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Posted on June 2, 2022 at 3:15 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Once, long ago, someone at Fussy may have been involved in an argument that was ostensibly about overcooked bacon. An...

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Tagged As: Dialogue, Writing advice

Posted on March 17, 2022 at 2:52 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

No doubt any writers who are parents will have already spotted this flaw in fiction. But for those unfamiliar with...

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Tagged As: Dialogue, Jane Friedman

Posted on January 4, 2022 at 9:20 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You’ve probably heard the seemingly counterintuitive advice to avoid writing realistic dialogue in your novel. (If not — the rationale...

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Posted on November 17, 2021 at 3:26 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Current writing wisdom holds that simpler is better when it comes to dialogue tags. That is, “said” — or nothing...

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Tagged As: Dialogue, Writer Unboxed

Posted on September 2, 2021 at 10:59 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We weren’t sure whether we needed to share another short list of quick dialogue-improving tricks. And then we read author...

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