Suspense in Dialogue

There are many ways to introduce suspense into dialogue. Suspense is the element of uncertainty. What is going on? What will happen next? Because dialogue is “people telling other people things”, you may wonder how the sharing of information can lead to uncertainty. Revelations: The realization that things are not as they seemed a minute […]

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Building Minimalist Dialogue

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)   “How could you propose to me with my wedding ring in a pizza box?” Charlotte screamed at Charles.   “I just thought it was reminiscent of our first date when we had take out with pepperoni.”   “That is not my point!” she snarled at him.     OR     […]

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Cutting Words In Flash Fiction

(Photo Credit: Pinterest) I admit, I tend to overwrite. In every form of writing (except syllable-controlled poetry forms). So when I write flash fiction, I need to do a lot of cutting. Word choice: First, I look for words and phrases that readers might not understand or might throw them out of the story. slang […]

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The “Yes” Cliche

I was writing today and made this mistake. It brought my dialogue to a screeching halt. I had fallen victim to a clichéd “yes”. I was brainstorming alternatives when I realized that no one had ever warned me about the dangers of a clichéd “yes”. Here are some reasons to look out for it and some ways to […]

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Different Ways to Start a Scene: Part 2

Most people have a favorite way to start a scene and a chapter. One way usually comes more naturally. But variety is important for the reader and for the writer. Why is it important for you? Because different types of openings have different effects. They resume the story at different points in the stimulus – […]

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Different Ways to Start a Scene: Part 1

Most people have a favorite way to start a scene and a chapter. One way usually comes more naturally. But variety is important for the reader and for the writer. Why is it important for you? Because different types of openings have different effects. They resume the story at different points in the stimulus – […]

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A Dialogue Exercise

As an exercise in dialogue, I recorded dialogue that I heard throughout the day. This gave me some surprising insights. I say “hello” instead of “hi” but I say “hey” to the horses. I usually follow a greeting with a compliment. At some point in the last few years, I have slipped into saying “yeah” […]

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