Note: Links in this post may include affiliate links which provide me with a small commission at no expense to you. Dialogue. It has the power to give information, show personality traits, add humor, and convey tension. It moves the story along—and when done correctly, hooks the reader. There are so many aspects of dialogue that we could hash over, but today, I want to keep it simple and talk about dialogue tags and physical beats. In school, you learn to add variety to compositions with tags such as replied, stated, exclaimed, screamed, whispered, etc. However, in fiction, there is a much stronger way to convey dialogue.Read More →

From the plots swirling in my mind to the words flowing from my fingertips to the keyboard, I love writing. There’s one caveat to that. I am always learning to become a better writer. This year, I’ve added several writing resources to my shelf that I love to use in my time of need. How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method by Randy Ingermanson. If you’ve spent anytime in writing circles, you know that many writers are known as either planners, pantsers, or something in-between. In other words, either you plan each moment from beginning to end, you write at the seat of yourRead More →