Two simple tricks to improve your dialogue

Here are two simple techniques for giving characters distinctive voices, without being obvious or resorting to gimmicky. SIGHT VS SOUND VS TOUCH When we talk, we tend to use words based on one sense (or none at all), usually visually or aural. For example: Visual phrases Do you see what I mean? I get the…

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GRUMPY TORTOISE’S GUIDE TO EDITING (Not really)

At the bottom are some useful looking links. I only skimmed them because reading all of them closely seems like a quick trip to confusion & frustrations. Don’t do this! But first, remember, the process of editing IS DIFFERENT FOR EVERY WRITER and different for every work. Be flexible. Be prepared to try things to…

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When the writing isn’t writing.

I don’t like using the term writer’s block. It’s a wish-washy term that’s used for those times when the story won’t work and those times when there is just no creating going on and even the thought of opening the word processor, and all the bits in between. I was going to write a few…

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Australian Publishers open to unsolicited submissions

Allen & Unwin Adult fiction & nonfiction, illustrated, memoirs, children/YA fiction & narrative non-fiction Don’t want poetry, category romance, adult fantasy, science fiction, short stories, scripts or picture book texts Email only. (Friday Pitch is open every day, despite name.) Submissions guidelines. Hachette Australia Don’t want science fiction/fantasy, children’s books, illustrated books, cookbooks, poetry, self-help,…

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A Thing About Procrastination and Editing

Actually it’s not. It’s links to things about procrastination written by other people, with some comments added. The first one is Why Writers Procrastinate. This is an important question, because there are different reasons for procrastination and if you don’t know why, how can you fix it? The linked article looks at two reasons: Because…

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Point of View: who and why

This is a post about Point of View (henceforth to be referred to as POV). It is not about the What or How of POV. It is about the Who and, most importantly, the Why. Why does POV matter and Why is it important to master it. Let’s face it, POV is the microwave of…

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