Posted on 09/26/2022 at 01:28 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 09/22/2022 at 09:26 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 09/15/2022 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 06/02/2022 at 03:15 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 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