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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What Editors and Beta Readers Do
I’ve been nipple-deep (I’m short) in the indie/self-publishing community of authors for over a year now, and most of you make me sad. Have a sit and allow me to explain to you what editors and beta readers are, and what you should expect (and demand) of them.
This is going to take more than one column, FYI.
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Excerpt from Me Under Glass, Hot Wife Lyssa’s Confessions series #5
I am Wun-Kalla. I only remember being Lyssa a little bit. The world around me is much more real than those vague ideas and misty memories of modernity.
Continue reading Excerpt: Hot Wife Lyssa’s Confessions #5: Past Life