• Beautiful Words,  Character Development,  Craft

    Eight Ways You May Be Bungling Your Dialogue In Your Novel

      “I’m not bungling my dialogue,” you say to yourself. But you’ve had a few complaints from your beta readers about how they don’t like the characters. You’ve been told the story feels dead. While your plot is tight and your pacing is perfect, the characters themselves feel off. The trouble could be your dialogue. Dialogue is the soul of the characters. Dialogue is what brings the story to life for your reader. Are you bungling it? You may be bungling you dialogue if . . .  You’ve forgotten about the influence of setting. Your story’s setting may play a role in the way that your characters speak. But too…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Craft,  Uncategorized

    Nine Strategies to Make Your Scenes Feel More Cinemagraphic

    Have you ever read a book whose scenes felt movie-like? You’ve read the books that flowed seamlessly from one scene to another. You’ve read over the descriptions of the settings that were rich and details. As you turned the pages, you may have had a sense of action and tension that felt exactly right. As you read dialogue, you could actually hear the characters speaking. You saw them bust into the safe, stash the jewels into their pockets, and scurry out the back door before the owner walked in the front. You love books that read like movies.  The scenes of the book are so rich, you’re tempted to whip up a batch…

  • Creativity

    Beginnings Are Not Just Background: Creating Good Characters A Guest Post By Sophia Ryan

      Character development should start from scene one of your novel and end when the novel does. But how do you write characters we all want to read about? Coloring your dialog with details such as gesture, appearance, tone, thoughts, and reaction helps readers get a better sense of your characters. And, if readers have a better sense of who your characters are, says author Nancy Kress in her book, Beginnings, Middles, and Ends, they might be more willing to read more of your story. There are times when you want quick, back-and-forth dialog with limited narrative, but that works best when the reader already knows your characters. In the…