Tuesday, 17 June 2014 18:53
on June 9th, 2014 at 9:34 PM
It’s been over a year since I wrote Part 4 of this series. You can see and read parts 1-4 simply by going to clicking here to go to Rick's "Dialog" category at his blog.
In this installment, I want to offer some tips on the basics of writing good dialog. Some writers struggle with dialog, while to others it comes naturally.
Why is dialog important in stories? Done well, it can be one of the best way to “show, don’t tell” because it can show the personalities of the characters, make them individuals, and help the reader to get to know them. Now, for that to happen, dialog has to step beyond the trivial and not be mundane. It’s okay for characters to greet each other, but the lines should consist of more than “Hi, Steve” or “What’s up, Martin?”
Monday, 05 May 2014 18:48
on May 5th, 2014 at 8:26 PM
Okay, so now you’ve written your story. You’ve found your focus (or theme), you’ve shown instead of telling, and you found a balance of action, dialogue and description. You even got critiques so you edited, revised, and polished your story so it shines. Now what?
Now you need to submit. Sound scary?
Everyone has a fear of being rejected. But at some point you’re going to have to let your “baby” go. Stories need to be submitted or you’ll never know how good you really are. There are very few things in this world that are for sure: death, taxes, and if you don’t submit, you’ll never get accepted.
After having submitted stories and being accepted, I was told by one editor that I needed to learn how to write. Well, you’re learning every day of your life, so maybe I had some things to learn, but I knew I was a good writer. This editor just didn’t see my potential. Or maybe it wasn’t that. Maybe I was writer number 100 to submit a story that just wasn’t quite what that editor was looking for. Maybe he/she was just having a bad day. I’m still submitting and getting bummed over rejections and overjoyed at acceptances.
Monday, 28 April 2014 19:01
by Brandon M Johnson
This week’s delightful and advice-filled blog post was originally submitted as an article on writing to Silver Blade magazine. Unfortunately, that magazine recently changed its editorial polices and no longer accepts such articles. However, we felt that the article deserved an audience because it lays out the elements of a good story in a concise, to-the-point way. Besides, with that title, it was too enticing to pass up. We hope you find it useful, and we hope that Brandon Johnson will consider sending us more such articles for our consideration in the future.
From Brandon Johnson:
Writing has much in common with confronting dragons. Imagine you are a swordsman walking through an enchanted forest when a dragon appears. Your first reaction to facing this dragon would not be to survey your surroundings or engage in pithy dialogue. No, you would run ahead, screaming as you thrust the blade into its abdomen. Writing a story is much like this. You are the swordsman and the reader is the dragon.
Monday, 14 April 2014 20:07
“Write Well, Write to Sell” is pleased to welcome Kellee Kranendonk as a contributor. Kellee, a native of Canada (in case you’re wondering about the occasional divergent spellings of some words in her post), has been a frequent contributor to Silver Blade magazine, which recently changed its format. Karl Rademacher, Silver Blade’s publisher approached me about switching Kellee’s articles over to Write Well, where he felt they would be a better fit yet still remain a part of Silver Pen. I wholeheartedly agreed.
And it’ll give Scott and me a breather from time to time in addition to providing some new perspectives.
With that introduction, here’s Kellee.
We live in a fast world: fast food, texts on cell phones, and emails sent across the world in seconds. But one place you don’t want to be fast is in your writing. Slow down and let us live the story.
I used to write “fast,” but then I took my writing course and learned some things that helped me slow down.