Category Archives: Writing and Editing

Blogs about writing, editing, and the whole self-publishing thing

Dialogue, Part One

Dialogue, Part One (of God Who The Fuck Knows How Many Because People Rarely Get It)

Okay kids, let’s get real. Dialogue. Why is it so hard for so many people? Everybody talks, right? Everybody hears people talk, right? So why do the words on the page often feel wrong?

I think about this a lot because — not to brag, but dialogue comes naturally for me, and people notice, and mention it. Also, I have had to help a lot of writers fix dialogue issues. That’s because it’s a huge part of fiction, and in modern genre fiction, it can make or break you. Literary snobs have their own take on it, but genre fiction isn’t even “put up or shut up” anymore. It’s “put up or fall off the planet and sell nothing.”

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Self-Publishing Lessons 9: About Reviews, Part 1

Reviews

The traditional wisdom on reviews is: reviews sell books. And it’s true, conditionally. So let’s think about this a moment.

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Self-Publishing Lessons Part 8: Thesis and Theme

Thesis and Theme

This is the last installment I’m going to do on developmental editing for a while, and it probably should have been the first, but it won’t hurt to save the best for last.

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