12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 11

Day 11

 

Also watch for ACTION/REACTION when it comes to the order of events. Make sure the stimulus comes before the response, otherwise you’ll have a reversal—the reaction before the action that caused it.

Reversed:
I startled as the doorbell rang.

Correct:
The doorbell startled me.

Watch for words like AS or WHEN. The stimulus/response can be reversed. AS or WHEN can also mean two things are happening at the same time, when in reality one event has to come before the other.

 

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12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips Day 10

Day 10

 

The more our stories and words reflect “real life,” the more they resonant with a reader. But that doesn’t always hold true when it comes to dialogue. Listen closely to a nearby conversation. A lot of dialogue is boring and repetitive.

When you write dialogue, cut out the average and add in the unusual. What do we need to learn from a conversation? Keep that. What doesn’t matter? Delete that.

Dialogue. What people say in a scene. Must be spoken out loud. Must be inside quotation marks.

Dialogue Should Not                                     Dialogue Should

Be cheesy                                                        Be witty

Stall out the story                                            Push the story forward

Kill tension                                                    Drive tension

Be confusing                                                   Be precise

Be boring                                                        Be creative

 

**Bonus Tip PUNCTUATING DIALOGUE

  • Use a COMMA and a lowercase letter with a dialogue tag.

“You’re awesome,she said.  “Are you awesome?” she asked.

  • Use a PERIOD and a capital letter with an action or voice cue.

“You’re awesome.She smiled and leaned closer. “You’re awesome.Her voice pitched high.

***Bonus Bonus Tip:

Punctuation always goes INSIDE the quotation marks. The book was “awesome.

 

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When all twelve days have been posted, you can find them here–12 Days of Christmas: Writing Tips.

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