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Write great dialogue scenes in 7 steps - Writing Rightly

Write great dialogue scenes in 7 steps - Writing Rightly | editing and writing | Scoop.it

Of all the scenes we write, dialogue is the most complex and rich. Most writers I know take several passes to get it right."


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Penelope's curator insight, August 12, 2013 2:17 PM

 

Dialogue is one of those tricky areas that trip up many authors--myself included. As I am writing my first romance novel, I run into areas such as:

 

How much dialogue is enough?

When and where should you insert dialogue?

When should you move from narrator consciousness to talking?

How long should you make the responses?

 

Author Roz Morris gives us seven simple steps to writing great dialogue. You would think most would seem obvious, but some of them are real ah ha! moments. I really appreciate these tips:

 

VISUALS - People move as they talk. They shrug, make faces, cook, clean, etc. Create a picture in your reader's mind. This will create a richer, more dramatic scene.

 

REACTIONS - Are the characters reacting and talking or does their internal dialogue evaporate when they start being vocal?

 

DECLUTTER - Think of your reader when you write dialogue. Readers scan through these scenes quickly, and don't need to be told of every breath and blink. Let your scene sit for a few days, and go back at it with fresh eyes to take out the fat.

 

Header on over to the article to read four more great tips!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/write-great-dialogue-scenes-in-7-steps

 

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How to Write an Obituary

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For many people the obituary section or the death notices is the first one read in the morning newspaper. Benjamin Franklin noted that he read the obituary page first and 'If my name is not on it, then I get up. ' Writing an obituary is not a ski...
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Write great dialogue scenes in 7 steps - Writing Rightly

Write great dialogue scenes in 7 steps - Writing Rightly | editing and writing | Scoop.it

Of all the scenes we write, dialogue is the most complex and rich. Most writers I know take several passes to get it right."


Via Penelope
Editing in Paradise's insight:

What on earth are they saying? With this excellent advice, you can bet it it's worth listening to.

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Penelope's curator insight, August 12, 2013 2:17 PM

 

Dialogue is one of those tricky areas that trip up many authors--myself included. As I am writing my first romance novel, I run into areas such as:

 

How much dialogue is enough?

When and where should you insert dialogue?

When should you move from narrator consciousness to talking?

How long should you make the responses?

 

Author Roz Morris gives us seven simple steps to writing great dialogue. You would think most would seem obvious, but some of them are real ah ha! moments. I really appreciate these tips:

 

VISUALS - People move as they talk. They shrug, make faces, cook, clean, etc. Create a picture in your reader's mind. This will create a richer, more dramatic scene.

 

REACTIONS - Are the characters reacting and talking or does their internal dialogue evaporate when they start being vocal?

 

DECLUTTER - Think of your reader when you write dialogue. Readers scan through these scenes quickly, and don't need to be told of every breath and blink. Let your scene sit for a few days, and go back at it with fresh eyes to take out the fat.

 

Header on over to the article to read four more great tips!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/write-great-dialogue-scenes-in-7-steps

 

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The Science Of Misheard Song Lyrics | io9.com

The Science Of Misheard Song Lyrics | io9.com | editing and writing | Scoop.it

There is an actual official term for when you hear "excuse me while I kiss the sky" in Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" as "excuse me while I kiss this guy." Your meaningful misheard lyrics are called "mondegreens," and their study can have real psychological significance.


We've all had those awkward moments. A group of friends is singing in a car, and suddenly, someone says the wrong word. And everyone looks at each other, wondering how that person heard the wrong song lyrics, or whether they themselves are wrong. These little misunderstandings are common, but most people don't know that there is an official title for them. It came from a popular essay by writer Sylvia Wright, where she recalled when her mother read a certain book of poems to her. One of the verses was as follows:


"Ye Highlands and ye Lowlands,


Oh, where hae ye been?


They hae slain the Earl o' Moray,


And Lady Mondegreen."


Readers will be glad to know that Lady Mondegreen was spared the slaughter, but only because she never existed. The actual last line of the verse was, "And laid him on the green." Wright christened these misheard lyrics, which often make the poem or song better for the listener, "mondegreens." The title caught on.

 

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Lucy in disguise with Simon?? Huh? misheard lyrics are a treat. What are your favourites?

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Stephen King Responds To ‘Under the Dome’ Changes

Stephen King Responds To ‘Under the Dome’ Changes

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Robert Chazz Chute's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:00 PM

Jason Boog at Galleycat reports King's thoughts on Under the Dome's adaptation at the link below. (I enjoyed the book very much and liked the pilot.)

 

It's interesting how adaptations are handled. I recently heard an author wring his hands over how his precious book might be changed to appear on the screen. In my opinion, that's acting too precious and picky because somebody will transform your apple into an orange.

 

Sure, you want the spirit of your work to translate from book to screen, but if it doesn't translate, you still have the books and something new for readers to discover once they see your title get wild publicity.

 

There's a vast difference between Dexter the TV show and Dexter the book series. (That's an unusual case where I actually prefer the version on screen.) However, Jeff Lindsay has gained a much wider audience because of the show. Similiarly, tons of people are discovering the joys of fantasy because of Game of Thrones. It's not exactly like the books, but it's a different canvas. And the TV show is selling a buttload of books. A dragon's buttload.

 

Instead of begrudging any changes to the original text, authors so lucky to get a movie or TV deal should be grateful. I sure plan to be grateful when Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Dakota Fanning and Justin Beiber star in This Plague of Days.