Are Your Characters Well Spoken, or is it Just You?

How Articulate Are Your Characters? Most writers are articulate. Because they work with the written word on a daily or near daily basis, and because they have a love of language, most writers express themselves well. Just because a writer is articulate, however, doesn’t mean that a character should be articulate. Adjusting your language to suit a character, especially in dialog, is vital to creating a realistic depiction of that character and vital for differentiating that character from others in the story. Words Reflect Background When most people think about writing realistic dialog, they think about things such as regional … Continue reading Are Your Characters Well Spoken, or is it Just You?

Using Slang and Accents When Writing Fictional Dialogue

See Also: 12 Exercises for Improving Dialog Article by Todd Eastman The FBI agent stumbled into the living room, only to find himself face to face with an old woman in a rocking chair. The old woman spit into an rusty coffee can sitting next to her on the floor, then used her bony, arthritic finger to point. “The killer you be lookin’ fer is right down that there hall.” Many writers find dialogue to be one of the most difficult aspects of writing fiction. Trying to include regional accents and speech patterns and doing it incorrectly can ruin your … Continue reading Using Slang and Accents When Writing Fictional Dialogue

Whodunnit, Howdunnit, And Whydunnit: 10 Tips For Writing Your Mystery Novel

Written By Bob Sassone I’ve always loved a mystery. And not just books either. Along with my well-worn copies of mystery novels by Chandler, Block, and the Macdonalds (Ross and John D.), I also treasure my videos of old “Columbo” and “Magnum, P.I.” episodes, and I always stop to watch “Murder, She Wrote” whenever I’m on the couch, channel surfing. Though I think that she’s around when so many murders occur, that she is either the world’s greatest amateur detective, or the most cunning serial killer in history. So, for my first novel, the natural choice for me was to … Continue reading Whodunnit, Howdunnit, And Whydunnit: 10 Tips For Writing Your Mystery Novel

Writer, Edit Thyself

By Lois J. Peterson I wasn’t around when publishers signed up authors, then helped them improve their grammar, punctuation, and anything else that needed fixing. But I do know that these days your submission’s more likely to be accepted for publication if you learn to edit your own work yourself before submitting it.. Self-editing takes time to learn, and discipline to exercise. But it can pay off. Issues of subject, style, organization, and presentation will affect how a piece of writing fares when it hits an editor’s desk. This article’s designed to help you look closely at text, and eliminate … Continue reading Writer, Edit Thyself