Tip of the Month — Dialogue Tags

Welcome back to the Flubs2Fixes blog! It’s the second Friday of the month, so it’s time for a quick editing/writing tip and a resource recommendation.   Fix a Flub with this Editing Tip: I say – how are your dialogue tags? In general, it’s best to stick with “say” rather than trying to vary your dialogue tags too much, using words like “exclaimed,” or “moaned,” or “reiterated.” You want them to blend into the background. As much as possible, let the words in the character’s speech convey the emotion and interaction. Only use dialogue tags when it’s necessary to indicate who is speaking. Check out this Resource for Writers! Author,… Read More

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Using Writing Prompts — and Susanna Hill’s Valentiny Writing Contest

Do you ever get stuck while working on a writing project? I suspect the answer is yes, if you’re like anyone else who writes. How do you get your writing flowing again? There are many things you can do. Try taking a scene from your project and writing it a different way. How would it sound if it were in first person instead of third? What would happen if it were written from the perspective of a different character? Write the scene as if it were happening to you, right this minute. What would you be thinking? feeling? doing? You can get up and go for a walk or take… Read More

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New Year — New Feature! Tip of the Month — Modifiers

Welcome back to the Flubs2Fixes blog! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the coming year! As I continue to develop this blog, I’m instituting a new feature for the second Friday of the month. (Yes, I know this is the third Friday of this month, but we won’t count New Year’s Day!) “Tip of the Month” will be a very brief post with an editing tip and a suggestion of a resource that I think you’ll find helpful. Without further ado, here’s the first Tip of the Month post: Fix a Flub with this Editing Tip: Modifiers such as very or really are like sticks used… Read More

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