How to Let Your Characters Tell Their Story

dialogue“How to Let Your Characters Tell Their Story” by Anthony Ehlers | 26th September, 2013 | Writers Write.

Dialogue (dy- ã- log) noun: words spoken by characters in a novel, play or screenplay. Dialogue is what story people say. Though it must sound as natural as people talking in real life, every word must be filtered to suit a character, the plot and other elements of your story.

One of the main functions of dialogue is to show conflict between two characters.

It should also be used to show a character’s emotions.

It is also a great tool for rounding out a character, making him more vivid and believable in the reader’s mind. Through the idiosyncrasies of his speech, we learn more about his true character.

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How Reading Can Help Your Writing

read“How Reading Can Help Your Writing” by CS Rajan | 26th February, 2014 | E-books India.

“Developing a good reading habit is essential for a writer. Reading a lot can benefit writers in various ways. It is a sure fact that extensive reading can make better and more successful writers. Some of the best-selling authors claim that when they are not writing, they are reading.

If you are not already a regular reader of books, it might be time to start now. With such an amazing selection of books of every possible genre, type and style available at your fingertips these days, you are sure to find something that you will enjoy reading on a regular basis.

The following looks at how reading can help your writing:

  1. Build your Vocabulary
  2. Make your Writing Flow Better
  3. Help Develop your Own Writing Style
  4. Expand your Knowledge
  5. Get Inspired.”

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5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better

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“5 Moral Dilemmas That Make Characters (& Stories) Better” by Steven James | 1st September, 2016 | “The Writer’s Dig” | Writer’s Digest.

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Readers can’t resist turning pages when characters are facing tough choices. Use these 5 keys to weave moral dilemmas into your stories—and watch your fiction climb to new heights.

Key #1: Give Your Character Dueling Desires.
Key #2: Put Your Character’s Convictions to the Test.
Key #3: Force Your Character Into a Corner.
Key #4: Let the Dilemmas Grow From the Genre.
Key #5: Look for the Third Way.

 

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25 Things You Should Know About Dialogue

“25 Things You Should Know About Dialogue” by Chuck Wendig | May 2013 | Terrible Minds.

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COROLLARY: “EVERYTHING IS DIALOGUE”

Part of why dialogue reads so easy is because it’s conversational, and conversation is how we interact with other humans and, in our heads, with the world. We talk to inanimate objects, for fuck’s sake. (What, you’ve never yelled at a stubborn jar of jelly? SHUT UP HAVE TOO.) There’s a secret, here, and that is to treat all your writing like it’s dialogue. Write things conversationally. Like you’re talking to the audience. Like you and the audience? Real BFFs. You can abuse this, of course, but the point is that in conversation you’ll use straightforward, uncomplicated language to convey your point — no value in being stodgy and academic when you’re just talking. So too is it with writing, whether it’s description in a screenplay or in fiction, you’ll find value in straightforward, uncomplicated, even talky language. Talk with the audience, don’t lecture at them. Everything is dialogue. Some of it’s just one-sided, is all.

Time for another iteration of the 25 Things series. This, I suspect, may be my last one here on the blog for awhile, but I’m contemplating putting together a small e-book of these lists with some new ones thrown in for good measure (already written part of 25 Things You Should Know About Publishing and Writing A Fucking Sentence). In the meantime, enjoy this one, and don’t hesitate to add your own in the comments.

Previous iterations of the “25 Things” series:

  • 25 Things Every Writer Should Know
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Storytelling
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Character
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Plot
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Writing A Novel
  • 25 Things You Should Know About Revisions

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5 Reasons Why Your Protagonist Needs to Have Imperfections

5801590716_67e791b1ce_z“5 Reasons Why Your Protagonist Needs to Have Imperfections” by Georgina Roy | 16th January, 2015 | e-Book India.

“It’s a fact of life that people are imperfect. In real life, we have flaws, insecurities and phobias that can sometimes take over our daily lives and become a part of us. When writing fiction, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of creating the perfect protagonist that is always confident, self-aware and makes no mistakes. However, it is important to remember that the flawless protagonist will feel unreal to the readers. There are several reasons why the protagonist needs to be imperfect.

  1. Flaws bring the protagonist to life
  2. They help the reader connect with the protagonist
  3. Flaws create internal conflict
  4. They help with character development
  5. Flaws make the protagonist interesting.”

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5 Paragraph Blunders to Avoid When Writing a Fictional Story

false-98375_640“5 Paragraph Blunders to Avoid When Writing a Fictional Story” by Kavitha | 29th December, 2015 | eBooks India.

“When writing fiction, one of the issues that arise is how to structure the paragraphs. This is very important because paragraphs help the reader to assimilate whatever is written better and to process the writing in their minds. This increases their comprehension and hence, enjoyment of the book. Whether beginners or not, some paragraph blunders are very common in fiction writing, even though they are simple enough to rectify. Below, we shall see how to avoid five of the most common paragraph blunders that authors make on a regular basis.

  1. Long paragraphs without end in sight
  2. Irrelevant paragraphs
  3. All speakers in the same paragraph
  4. Change in setting not followed up
  5. Not knowing how to give dramatic effect.”

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How to Use the Real World When Writing Paranormal Fiction

ebook“How to Use the Real World When Writing Paranormal Fiction” by Georgina Roy | 6th July, 2016 | e-Books India.

“Paranormal fiction takes the readers into an alternate Earth where ghost and other ghoulish creature prowl in the night – or day, in some cases. When it is well done, it makes the readers afraid of what’s to come for the protagonist and other characters in the novel. However, paranormal stories rarely inspire such fear in the readers because they know from the start that what they’re reading can’t happen in real life. From the beginning, they know they are reading a story that couldn’t possibly be set in the real world. There is a way to bypass this – by integrating the real world as much as possible in your paranormal fiction novel. Below, you will be able to find several ways how to do this.

  1. Search Locally
  2. Know the Facts
  3. Myths and Legends
  4. Unresolved Mysteries
  5. Offer Answers and Make it Believable.”

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WriteIndia Writing Contest: When a Contest Sponsor Changes the Rules

Writer Beware Logo“WriteIndia Writing Contest: When a Contest Sponsor Changes the Rules” by Victoria Strauss | 19th July, 2016 | Writer Beware.

“I harp a lot here on how important it is to read the fine print–in your publishing contract, on websites that host user content, in literary contests. Sure, it’s tedious, especially if couched in lengthy legalese–but skipping this step can result in unpleasant surprises.

What happens, though, if the contest sponsor changes its guidelines while the contest is still in progress?

Last year, the Times of India–one of the world’s largest English-language newspapers–launched the WriteIndia contest. Each month for eleven months, a well-known Indian writer provided a passage or a prompt for contest entrants to develop into a short story. Eleven winners were awarded a Kindle, attendance at an exclusive writing camp, and publication in a compilation of winners’ stories published by TOI’s publishing imprint, Times Group Books.

Major newspaper, eminent writers, publication–what’s not to like? Thousands of writers entered the contest. The final slate of winners was announced July 15 on Twitter…”

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What Fantasy Writers Can Teach Us About Setting

Awesome_Lessons_Fantasy_Writers_Can_Teach_Us_About_Setting“What Fantasy Writers Can Teach Us About Setting” by Mia Botha | 6th July, 2016 | Writers Write.

“World building is a word or term used mostly in the genres of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but if you think about it, it is pretty apt for any story. You have a character who lives in a world.

 If this world is real and on planet earth, it is easier, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend less time on your setting. You, as the writer, should still be able to transport me to a place I have never been.”

“We can learn a lot from the world creators about setting. We tend to skip the details, because everyone knows what Johannesburg or New York or London is like, right? Maybe we do, but we want to know what is radiant or unique about that setting for your character. Regardless of whether we’ve been there or not.

If you write historical or dystopian fiction you are playing with time. If you are writing about a place you have never been you are dabbling with geography. Historical facts and geographical settings can be researched, where sci-fi, fantasy and dystopian writers have to make them up.”

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10 Things Every Romance Writer Needs

medium_10_Things_Every_Romance_Writer_Needs“10 Things Every Romance Writer Needs” by Anthony Ehlers | 4th October, 2011 | Writers Write.

“These are the ten things every romance writer needs to stay ensconced in that iridescent, happy bubble of handsome heroes and happily-ever-after. Writing is hard work, but we should keep it fun.

  1. Quickies
  2. Stock phrases
  3. Cheese and Wine
  4. Secret crush
  5. Break ups
  6. Something sensuous
  7. Good books
  8. Shoulder to cry on
  9. Thick skin
  10. Sense of humour.”