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#10 Missing Dialogue DysfunctionEver read a well-plotted book with engaging characters and exquisite execution that just couldn't grab you? Something was missing that you couldn't quite identify. This frustrating scenario happens for a number of reasons, not all of them in the author's control. For our purposes here, we'll focus on one common dialogue-writing mistake … Continue Reading ››
#9 Cliched DialogueEver been trapped at a party by someone who spoke in cliches? I'm willing to bet that the offending person came off as smarmy, cheesy, or maybe a little less intelligent than expected. This is also how cliched dialogue in fiction 'sounds' to a reader. Even the best writers find that … Continue Reading ››
#8 Stilted DialogueWhen you were a child, did you color outside the lines? Or maybe you were like me and kept your crayons within bounds. You might even have outlined the picture so your shading would more readily stay where it should. Welcome to the world of the meticulous. When it comes to writing rules, you … Continue Reading ››
#6 Information Dump DisorderYou are cursed. Yes, you. Being so familiar with your story that you forget to include details the reader needs to know is referred to as the curse of knowledge. It sets you up for information dump disorder, a common malady that afflicts a writer with the urge to spew details … Continue Reading ››
#5 Everyone Sounds AlikeI can't tell you the number of books I've read in my years of judging literary contests where the characters all talked in the same lingo. If this is one of your failings as a writer, you have lots of company. Everyone-sounds-alike dialogue often points to a writer sleeping at the wheel, … Continue Reading ››
Autumn leaves gather in drifts. Painted trees whisper mysteries. Storms blow in, tingeing the air with winter's first breath. Deep nights inspire deeper thought. It makes sense that November should be writers should be National Novel Writing Month, a time when writers conspire to create fiction. Nanowrimo, as the … Continue Reading ››