BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

I’ve just discovered an excellent guide to writing dialogue and I can’t keep it to myself…

I come across many how-to write articles online and you probably do as well. Some are rule-bound and dogmatic and are usually written by bloggers who don’t have any publishing … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 5 from the Archive

Bestselling crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died last month aged 87, had 10 Rules for Writing. Number three was Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Monday Creative Writing – In dialogue do we have to stick with HE SAID, SHE SAID?

Bestselling crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died last month aged 87, had 10 Rules for Writing. Number three was Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. “The … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

D is for DIALOGUE TAGS

A dialogue tag identifies who is speaking. Used too often and they becomes irritating to the reader with an almost childish repetitive pattern of he said, she said. Too few … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 8 Comments