How to Write a Novel, Part 5: Dynamic Dialogue

Admit it. You eavesdrop. It’s all right, everyone does. Some anthropologists even assert that humans evolved to gossip, because exchanging information about others informs our social bonds and behavior. In novel-writing, dialogue functions as a critical storytelling tool. But fictional conversations differ from those in real life. They must move the story forward through the... Continue Reading →

Recent Reads: The Islands at the End of the World

After allowing this book to languish for several months atop my seemingly interminable to-read list, I finally scored a copy at the local library. I began reading with excitement: the premise intrigued me, and initial reviews sounded promising. Perhaps these high expectations affected my judgement. During our evening co-reading session, my Laddie asked how the... Continue Reading →

W.A.R.S.: Protagonist’s Progress

So I finished chapter twelve yesterday and set Paul on a collision course with the other two protagonists. In my last post, I commented that he's become quite a fun character to write. Not that I even intended him to be dull—what author deliberately saddles readers with a boring lead? But when I started Blue... Continue Reading →

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