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Write great dialogue scenes in 7 steps - Writing Rightly

Write great dialogue scenes in 7 steps - Writing Rightly | Writing Rightly | 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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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!

 

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

 

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Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love! via PHILOSBOOKS

Break Out of that Writing Rut: Tell, Don't Show, and Write More of What You Love!  via PHILOSBOOKS | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Writing is hard work. You are faced with a blank sheet of paper. Don't let this stop you.

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

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Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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love writing what you love

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Writing is love

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This is a post from my website that I wanted to share with other authors who feel they are in a rut. This happens to all of us from time to time, but doesn't have to be a reason to be intimidated and stop writing.

 

There are a couple of books which helped me jump start my creative thought processes and begin writing again. The added benefit? I was also able to nearly double my written words when I did sit down to write.

 

I've summed up the process in 11 simple steps at the end.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/set-goal-writing-finish-booktg/

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Book Deadline Challenge: Final Update - The Write Practice

Book Deadline Challenge: Final Update - The Write Practice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

A few months ago, I accepted a challenge to finish my book by September 2. The challenge came with stakes. If I missed my deadline, I had to give $1,000 to the presidential candidate I despise the most.You're probably wondering, "Did you succeed? 

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I could relate to Joe Bunting's article, as he accepted a challenge to finish his book by a deadline. He details his sometimes joyful, sometimes painful process, all the way through to the finish line.

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Link to the original article:  http://thewritepractice.com/book-deadline-final/
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Storyboard Your Novel And You'll Have A Roadmap

Storyboard Your Novel And You'll Have A Roadmap | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Storyboard your novel and you'll have a road map for what happens next. Look closely at the beginning and end and follow Chekhov's advice to trim.
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A road map is a necessity for traveling long distances. You can also use a road map--called storyboarding--to plot your novel. 

The idea of storyboarding was developed at the Walt Disney Studio during the early 1930s. Disney credited animator Webb Smith with creating the idea of drawing scenes on separate sheets of paper and pinning them up on a bulletin board to tell a story in sequence, thus creating the first storyboard.

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How to write the tough stuff: ModernLoss.com

How to write the tough stuff: ModernLoss.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Here are five tips for those worried that their writing on grief will alienate readers — or loved ones.

Via Gene Bodzin, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Considering writing a memoir? As you're pondering your past, there may be some sludge that comes bubbling up. This article has some good advice for authors as to what to include, and what to leave out. Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction.

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Link to the original article: http://modernloss.com/write-the-tough-stuff/
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Your memories are your own, and you must express them. How do you do it without offending others?
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5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com

5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit - LiveWriteThrive.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
5 Tips for Making Writing a Daily Habit gives writers helpful tips on how to write daily.
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If you want to be a writer--write. If you want to be a hobbyist, then write only when you feel like it. If you need inspiration, then read this article. Five good tips.


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Martim Neto Mariano's curator insight, August 19, 7:25 AM
5 dicas para fazer da escrita um hábito diário
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...I want to write in my blog daily
Sofy Bertel's curator insight, August 24, 12:13 AM
First of all, when I saw this article  I considered that it´s really important for us inasmuch as we are in a process of making our thesis project in which we need to practice and improve our writing skills in order to make a great final job. This writer give us 5 interesting tips for making writing as part of a daily routine in our lifes. She says that the importance to write grows when we set a goal, we don't put limits, we always have a pen and paper in our hands, we take advantage of time and we have self-discipline and be responsable.
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6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing

6 Things Alfred Hitchcock Can Teach You About Writing | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“ Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. The master storyteller, born 13 August 1899, died 29 April 1980.”

Via CM Elias, Shannon Bolithoe
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Alfred Hitchcock had the scream theme down pat. These tips, however, could apply to any writing genre to give it a new heartbeat. Great ideas!

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Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel

Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand and Plot Your Novel | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A story arc is the chain on which the pearls, or scenes, of your novel are strung. The story arc--or narrative arc--is the same thing as "plot."
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Simply explained, this article is a great keeper to explain story arc. What it is, why it's important, and how to use it to make your novels pop with tension.

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Helpful way to understand and organize plot.
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Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com

Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling: TwisterSifter.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
In 2011, then Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats, tweeted 22 rules of storytelling. Artist Dino Ignacio then turned them into image macros.

Via Laura Brown, Lynnette Van Dyke
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You may have already seen these rules of storytelling, but they are worth a refresher. Plus, now they've been married to some beautiful images from beloved Pixar films. My brain loves these visuals. Enjoy!

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The Weight of Not Taking Our Writing Seriously - AndiLit.com

The Weight of Not Taking Our Writing Seriously - AndiLit.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Writing takes commitment and sacrifice. . . and if we are called to it and don't commit, our refusal will taint everything else in our lives.
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Every once in a while, writers need a pep talk. This beautifully written post is an invitation to do what you love. That is, write!

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If You Just Keep Writing, Will You Get Better? | Jane Friedman

If You Just Keep Writing, Will You Get Better? | Jane Friedman | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Author Barbara Baig discusses the idea of deliberate practice from Anders Ericsson's book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.
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The normal assumption held by the majority is practice, practice, practice makes perfect. The writer of this piece disputes that notion, making her case using the book, "Peak," by psychology professor Anders Ericsson.

The book instead advocates deliberate practice to become a top performer in your field. This is not easy, and it’s not fun. It requires setting goals for our practice sessions, maintaining focus as we practice, getting feedback on our practice, pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone, developing effective mental representations of the skills we’re practicing, and learning from models of excellence. 

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Master Class #1 - Writers-Village.org

Master Class #1 - Writers-Village.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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There are some great ideas in this piece on creating a truly unforgettable character. Once you give them a heft, or tic, or whatever, then just bring up the trait later. You needn't even mention the character's name.

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Link to the original article: http://www.writers-village.org/1tip-character.php
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Use These Essential Ideas to Writing a Captivating Opening Sentence - LitFire Publishing Blog

Use These Essential Ideas to Writing a Captivating Opening Sentence - LitFire Publishing Blog | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
A great opening sentence can breathe life into your article, and that’s why it’s important to know how to write one. Here are ways to draw readers in.
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Have you ever slaved over your opening sentence? Here are some tips to help you craft an opening that will hook the reader and keep them reading.

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July/August 2016 Writing Contests

July/August 2016 Writing Contests | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
July 2016 Type: Poetry Awards Hosted by: Literal Latte Deadline: July 15, 2016 Entry Fee: $10 Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type: Nonfiction (Parent to Parent) Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: July 31, 2016 Entry Fee: None Type:…
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Writers, here are some contests to jump on before the end of July! 

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Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers - BrainPickings.org

Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers - BrainPickings.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Didion, Sontag, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Orwell, and other literary icons.
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From writers, to writers. An astounding collection of advice. Pick a few favs to print out and hang up on your wall.


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Want to become a better writer? Follow these 7 steps, and look for new tools every day - Poynter.org

Want to become a better writer? Follow these 7 steps, and look for new tools every day - Poynter.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it

Somewhere in a deep corner of my files, there is a single piece of paper with just a few words on it that changed my life as a writer and teacher.

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This article lays out simple steps to help us jump-start the sometimes complicated writing process.

"Better to think of good writing as a craft, a set of tasks and habits, a number of steps, a process," said Donald Murray, a professor at the University of New Hampshire and writing coach at The Boston Globe and Providence Journal.

Good advice from a consummate professional of the craft.

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Writing Prompts - CarrieElle.com

Writing Prompts - CarrieElle.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Here are 25 writing prompts to jumpstart your writing muscles.
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Blank mind? Blank page? Pull out one of these writing prompts. At least one should inspire flying fingers or jotting pens.

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Link to the original article: http://www.carrieelle.com/writing-prompts
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Why You Hate Writing - Copyblogger.com

Why You Hate Writing - Copyblogger.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
There's a reason you hate facing the blank page. Here are three simple moves that help writers correct this ancient problem.
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Feeling very unwriterly? Writing is hard work. Sometimes getting those words down on paper feels like trudging through ten feet of snow. But trudge we must and this advice may help us find out way back to our one true love.

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What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page PenguinRandomHouse.com

What Our Editors Look for on an Opening Page PenguinRandomHouse.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
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A powerful opener to your story. How important is this? Very. 

Now, coming straight from the mouths of Penguin Random House editors, we find they want to be wowed, and find an authentic voice. Readers do, too.

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The Art of Handwriting - TheAtlantic.com

The Art of Handwriting - TheAtlantic.com | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
The personal letters of luminaries like Philip Guston, Dorothea Lange, and Robert Rauschenberg offer insight into their work as much as their lives.
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Oh, how I love studying cursive handwriting of painters, writers, and dancers. Truly, cursive writing is a lost art. I believe it can also jump start writing blocks, as if putting pen to page turns on an invisible spigot in the brain, releasing sparkling new streams of creativity.

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The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever — An Idea For You

The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever - An Idea For You - Medium

 The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick. 



Via Elizabeth E Charles, Jim Lerman
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Love short and sweet. This one's got it--and more. Great tips, fast read.

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Definitely need to share this with my students, maybe make an anchor based off these suggestions.

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So You Want To Write A Book

So You Want To Write A Book | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
25 things to keep in mind.
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Writing a book is hard. Very hard. This article gives you permission to feel the pain, and push through it anyway. Print it out and pin it up on your wall.

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How Many Characters Should You Include in Your Story? - Helping Writers Become Authors

How Many Characters Should You Include in Your Story? - Helping Writers Become Authors | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
“ Here’s a question you’d think would have no solid answer: How many characters should your story have”
Via CM Elias, Shannon Bolithoe
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Hmm...this causes me to rethink my work in progress. How many characters are just right? And how many are too many? Read for yourself and decide.

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How Spotify Can Make You a Better Writer - The Write Practice

How Spotify Can Make You a Better Writer - The Write Practice | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
Think music will just distract you from your writing? Here's how you can use Spotify to find your writing flow and become a better writer.
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Music and writing flow. Try listening to music as you write, specifically film scores, to tap into that creative side of your brain. If you're stuck, you might find it turning on your spigot!

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8 Famous Authors Who Took Alternative Routes To Success

8 Famous Authors Who Took Alternative Routes To Success | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
These 8 famous authors didn't major in writing!
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I don't necessarily agree with the assertion that these authors took alternative routes to their success. There are many routes to writing success, and they don't always include a degree in English Literature.

Still, it's a fun look at pics and bios.

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#5OnFri: The Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make When It Comes To The Setting - DIY MFA

#5OnFri: The Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make When It Comes To The Setting - DIY MFA | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
As we all know, in writing there are so many different elements to juggle: characters, plot, pacing, description, voice, dialogue…and that’s just the start
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Setting is so important in our stories. We sometimes neglect this crucial element, but should not. Here's why:

According to the article's writer, "Used correctly, the setting can characterize the story’s cast, steer the plot, evoke emotions and mood, create windows to allow for active backstory sharing, provide conflict and challenges, and act as a mirror for what the protagonist needs most, reinforcing his motivation at every step."


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Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity - Brainpickings.org | Writing Rightly | Scoop.it
How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull.
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Make a list--boost your creativity. Love it!

Before reading this advice, I made my own long list to draft a writing contest introduction letter. It truly does spark the imagination. Of course, this advice is from Fahrenheit 451 sci-fi author, Ray Bradbury.

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