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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

Peter Carey on writing dialogue – you have to dig for the meaning. QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The declared meaning of a spoken sentence is only its overcoat, and the real meaning lies underneath its scarves and buttons. Peter Carey

May 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

How to write sound – putting an accent on the page

The way we use language differs depending on whether we are speaking it or writing it and that difference has to come across on the page. But what about how … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · 8 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

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) Dorothy L. Sayers

A man once asked me … how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. … I replied that I had … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 1 Comment

Monday CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week A SEPIA ROMANCE

  Ten lines of dialogue that begins with an argument and ends with a kiss…

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week DIALOGUE: ACCENTS

One of the first things you need to consider when writing dialogue is the vocabulary and the way it is expressed. Does it fit the age, education and experience of … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 2 Comments