#13 — Dialogue tags vs action tags Dialogue tags can be tricky. But they're easy to understand after knowing the difference between them and actions tags. Dialogue tags show who's speaking and how they're speaking. These can include but are not limited to: BeggedExclaimedGrumbledSaidScreamedShriekedSnappedSneeredSqueakedWhisperedYelled Dialogue tags are formatted with a comma before the quotation, and … Continue reading Common writer mistakes #13
One of my favorite panels from DV Con was about voice. The presenters brought up many powerful points. They mentioned questions to ask about your main character (MC). Preferably, you'd ask these questions before you begin writing. But if you're like me, you don't know your characters as well on the first draft, so this … Continue reading 3 questions to build your characters’ voices
Earlier in 2020, I did a post on AWP vs ACES for conferences, but now, I've attended the inaugural DV Con conference. Since it was during a pandemic, they took a different approach that I hope AWP and ACES continues. DV Con was open specifically for diverse voices, including POC, LGBTQIA+ community, Deaf, blind, etc. … Continue reading Should writers go to DV Con?
In college writing classes, we sit in a tight circle, facing each other. Sometimes, we critique our own works; other times we discuss writing. But one time — and only once — everyone raised their voices against what I suggested. I disagreed with the author using the word "said" for every single dialogue tag. I … Continue reading Is “said” worthless?
If you missed part one, here's a link. #3 - Editing your manuscript Don't panic, but this can take many rounds. Editing a book is difficult, and sometimes minds will disagree. You're about to dig deep into your work. How is your dialogue? Believable? Does your character's motivations seem valid, true to character? How is … Continue reading How does a book become a book? – part two
Dear literary agent, I wish we all had more time in the day. We could all use the extra hour or so to get everything we need done. But I promise you, it doesn't take that long to write a sentence or two. To make a short list. To say, "Hey. I liked the query, … Continue reading Dear literary agent
I'm not the best with consistency. The first time I did the best books of, I wrote about my favorite books that I read that year, despite when they came out. In 2018, I wrote about the best of the best that came out that year with Goodreads blurbs. So... This year, I decided to … Continue reading Best books of 2019
Confused about editing? Editing has many more forms than just "editing." There is "developmental editing," "copyediting," "proofreading," and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing. Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking … Continue reading What writers need to know about developmental editing (basics)
Heyyyyyy! Happy birthday! I hope your day is going good so far. Even though this moment is the last Part of the day I’ll consider “your day.” Uh, here’s a gift—just for you! I put in the considerable amount of time. I hope you shop where everyone shops. Here’s a gift card to Target, Walmart…Amazon? … Continue reading Happy birthday
At the ACES conference, one session had many editing tips for editors and writers. Here are some: Check all quotations (to see if it is a verified source) Don't ignore your inner voice (when it says something's wrong) Omit needless words Favor active voice (because we need passive voice sometimes) Edit out loud Advice is … Continue reading 11 editing tips from a professional