How to Knock Out Dull Dialogue In Your Novel Manuscript

How to Knock Out Dull Dialogue In Your Novel Manuscript

How to Knock Out Dull Dialogue In Your Novel Manuscript Sometime during our writing career, most of us learned that we need to write realistic dialogue. We need to have our characters speak like real people. And not only that, but they also need to resemble their corresponding types of character. So, if a character is a rock 'n roll singer, he needs to speak and act like one. A character that is a drug addict should resemble a drug addict. And a character that is a concert pianist should resemble a pianist. But then we learned this little piece of advice from Elmore Leonard: leave out the parts people skip. Hmm. Sounds a bit like a contradiction. But... it's not that the advice is wrong or that it contradicts Mr. Leonard's advice; it's that, somewhere along the line, we misinterpreted the advice. To write a compelling story, it needs realism. Something that will allow readers to feel connected. But we also need to leave out...
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5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers

5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers

5 Keys to Great Storytelling Skills for Novelists & Business Writers The internet age has paved the way for better storytelling. Boring, lame stories in both fiction and nonfiction don't cut it anymore. Competition has increased, fueling the need to stand apart from the crowd. If you want to get heard, you have to tell a great story. Unfortunately, poor stories are everywhere. Writers get rushed and marketing departments churn out subpar materials, adding to the slush of bad writing on the internet. With all of the information available to us, there really is no good excuse. Telling a great story through writing takes time and effort. And it's certainly not something you can learn overnight. But here are some keys to great storytelling skills... 1. Make It Relatable  Stories that aren't relevant to readers fail to gain traction not just in print but on the internet as well. They risk damaging a writer's reputation because if the writer managed to write a great headline or...
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How a Book Editor Can Help You Improve Your Writing Skills

How a Book Editor Can Help You Improve Your Writing Skills

How a Book Editor Can Help You Improve Your Writing Skills A copy edit and manuscript critique are an important part of self-publishing a novel. Not only can a professional independent book editor help improve your manuscript, but she can also help you improve your writing skills. Every time a writer has a manuscript edited, she gains feedback on her strengths and weaknesses. She has a chance to learn from the process each time. That's one of the main points of hiring a book editor for copy editing services. But just because you hire an editor for your novel doesn't mean your book will be flawless. The editor should provide you with suggestions on how to improve your book manuscript, but it will be up to you to take those suggestions into consideration and make the necessary changes. If an editor were to provide a full edit or rewrite of a writer's work, the editor would be taking the work away from the...
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