Posted on 03/17/2022 at 02:52 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 01/04/2022 at 09:20 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 11/17/2021 at 03:26 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 09/02/2021 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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Posted on 08/23/2021 at 11:12 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Jenn McKinlay’s advice on crafting effective dialogue is already quite digestible, at five bullet points. But if we were...

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Posted on 06/11/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Julie Glover recently gave a dialogue-writing presentation that concluded with ten quick ways to improve your characters’ conversations. She...

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Tagged As: Dialogue

Posted on 05/22/2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Gamification is a popular technique for content creators and app developers to engage users. But it can also be a...

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Posted on 05/14/2021 at 10:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Editor Louise Harnby opens her discussion of effective, compelling dialogue with a handy trick. Evaluate your dialogue by three measures:...

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Posted on 04/09/2021 at 09:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We recently shared a post on the importance of dialogue, and we’ll follow up with more advice from another source....

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Posted on 04/05/2021 at 10:12 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Early on in Jeff Elkins’s writing career, he decided to analyze some ongoing bestsellers to see what characteristics they had...

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