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Let's Talk About Dialogue by Rita Karnopp

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 “Stop describing every little thing.  I get it.  I do have a voice and the reader has an imagination,” the character said.
“Well, that’s rude. I just wanted you to feel the hot, dry, skin-cracking, desert air.”  The writer clenched her teeth and swallowed hard.
The character shook her head.  “I get it, but why don’t I just say, ‘This desert air is killing me.  Look, my lips are bleeding.’ Dialog is active and involves the reader. It falls in that overused line, ‘show - don’t tell.’

Okay – so you get my point, right?  Don’t you just hate reading paragraph after paragraph of description or information?  If you’re like me you start skimming until you find dialog.  That should never happen.

Let’s face it – a story is all about interaction – which is dialog.  And if you’re honest, you know when you’ve gone on too long with descriptions, flashbacks, or even thoughts.  Dialog is the action maker.  Dialog keeps us connected with the characters.  Dialog reveals personality and exposes what i…

Give Your Character A Meaningful Name

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This is a post Rita shared on "Dishin' It Out.  I think you'll enjoy it.


I don’t know about you, but I think choosing a name for my character is one of the most exciting steps of writing!  It’s like naming a child.  I’ll admit, I’ve chosen badly a time or two and just had to change it.  If you name your character Bob . . . and he behaves like a Heraldo . . . you must change it.  Bottom line – a name must ‘fit the character.’

A few things to keep in mind when picking names;
1.   nationality
2.   Personality
3.   Name meanings
4.   Time-frame of story
5.   Genre
6.   Research – research - research
7.   Don’t name characters starting with the same initials (Lisa, Lora, Lana…)

If I’m writing a Native American 1800s story I know my names must fit the nationality and the time-frame I’m writing.  Names mean something, and in the Blackfeet world, a man can perform a great coup and change his name each time.  Tribe members can also give someone a new name.  Puts a whole new perspe…

Logic? Sure Thing!

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Do You Really Understand English

Everyone who reads my blog knows I love Reader’s Digest.  In their September 2010 issue, they presented an article by Melissa Demeo and Paul Silverman that resonated with me. Although I like to think I’m literate when it comes to speaking and writing, I honestly had to pause after each example and consider if I’m an offender.
I’m going to share some of their tips with you today.  I suppose as long as I’ve credited the magazine and authors, I won’t be brought up on plagiarism charges.  I’ve “bolded” the correct examples below,and in some cases, both are appropriate when used in the correct situation:
Could care less versus Couldn’t care less:  Because you care so little already, you couldn’t care less.
LessversusFewer:  Recommend the use of fewer when you specify a number of countable things (50 words or fewer).  Less is appropriate when speaking of mass amount (less than half.) *Raising hand as guilty on this one.*
Hone in versusHome in:Since hone means to …

Interview with Tyler Bishop from Ellie's Legacy

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Interviewer: We’re very pleased to have Tyler Bishop with us today.  Mr. Bishop is the hero in  Ginger’s Simpson’s western historical romance, Ellie's Legacy.  So, Mr. Bishop,  welcome to BWL Author's Blog.
TB – “Ty, please.  Mr. Bishop was my father.  And thanks for the welcome,  but I’m here under duress.”
INT  - “Really.”
TB –“I have things waiting to be done.  Cows need to be moved to another pasture, fences need mendin’ and the longer I dawdle, the more I stand to lose favor with my boss, Ben.”
Int – “Ben?  Would that be Ben Fountain, father of the heroine, Ellie Fountain?”
TB – “Yep, that’d be right.  There’s another reason I need to get movin’…Ellie.   For some reason, that little filly is out to get me.Seems every time I chew the fat with her pa,she gets her nose out of joint.I never met someone so… so…what’s the word I’m looking for.You know, someone who wants to prove they can do everything better than the next feller?”
INT – “Oh, you mean competitive.”
TB – “That’s…