Category Archives: Dialogue

Over-writing: how to get rid of excess weight

Scottish author/agent Allan Guthrie calls unnecessary words pleonasms and gives us tips on how to avoid them. He’s referring to writing that contains words that are redundant or implicit and therefore should be cut.  Personally, I call it over-writing, since ‘pleonasm’ reminds me, for … Continue reading

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Crafting Dialogue that Works

The one thing that agent after agent told me about my manuscript during the submissions process was that my dialogue was great: it was strong,  it worked, and it was completely believable. (It was the rest of it they didn’t like … Continue reading

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Children’s dialogue

One of my pet peeves about dialogue is the precocious child. For some reason, I think authors like to put words in the mouths of children that just don’t fit there logically, unless the child happens to be Stephen Hawking. … Continue reading

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What the heck are dialogue tags?

I thought, reading through my first few drafts of my novel, The Beggar’s Opera, that I should replace ‘said’ with the more descriptive words that actually described the dialogue taking place. My characters began to rasp, hiss, snarl, giggle, and … Continue reading

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