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I’m Janalyn Voigt, an author, speaker, and former social media mentor. DawnSinger and Wayfarer, the first two books in my epic fantasy series, Tales of Faeraven, released with Pelican Book Group and will be followed by at least two more installments. I’m also working on a romantic suspense novel set in an Irish castle, but then historical fiction has a grip on me too. Being unabashedly multi-genre makes me into what some might term a reluctant rebel, but I prefer to think of myself as a storyteller.

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Types of Conflict in Literature

Conflict in Fiction, Making it Real Series, Part 1

The greatest rules of dramatic writing are conflict, conflict and conflict. James Frey

Conceived in passion, labored upon with tender care, wrapped in our creativity,  fictional characters have a way of endearing themselves to their creators. We identify with their idiosyncrasies, want to be like them, fall in love with them.  They are the very fabric of daydream, fulfillment of fantasy, our ideal selves.

We hate to make them suffer. Continue Reading>>

Missing Dialogue Dysfunction (Top 10 Dialogue-Writing Mistakes)

#10 Missing Dialogue Dysfunction

Ever 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 ››

Talking Heads (Top 10 Dialogue Writing Mistakes)

#7 Talking Heads Syndrome

Ever read dialogue that made you feel like you’d just cast off in a rudderless boat? The scene seemed interesting, but you just couldn’t get a grappling hook into it. The viewpoint wasn’t clear, and you lost track of who was saying what and weren’t exactly sure where the characters even were, let alone what they were doing. This sounds like a case of the dreaded talking heads syndrome. The writer failed to set the scene in time and space or to give you enough identifying information to navigate the conversation.The result of these kinds of omissions is always a confused reader. Continue Reading>>