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Of Moles and Macedonia: Or, How to Write a Verbose Character Succinctly By Jo Vanderhooft

When I was a child, a talking mole taught me my first lesson about characterization. No, this mole wasn’t a daydream during a boring lecture on fractions, or a fairy-tale fever dream—though he is a fairy-tale character. Like many eighties children, I grew up on Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre, a live-action series that retold …
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4 Ways to Improve your Dialogue by Allie Pleiter

Dialogue is the powerhouse of your fiction writing. Well-done dialogue can engage your reader in a way that narrative can’t. It can highlight your unique voice, showcasing your wit and wisdom. It’s the single best way to help readers fall in love with your characters. Really, who doesn’t love Diana Gabaldon’s Jamie Fraser for his …
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Hearing Voices: Tips for Writing Teen Dialog by Catherine Chant

Authentic teen dialog starts with creating distinct character voices, so they don’t all sound the same. Ideally, you shouldn’t need speech tags all over the place to indicate who is speaking. Word choices and character actions go a long way in painting a clear picture of who says what without interrupting the story flow. It’s …
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Make Them Sweat: How to Build Tension into Your Manuscript Through Language by Dina von Lowenkraft

Applying the nuances that create Language Tension may be easier after your first draft, once the story has played itself out. The plot, the character arc, the theme of your writing – everything in your story is expressed through language. My previous articles on Ground Level Tension (how to create tension in setting) and Action Tension …