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-Editing for Development
Most modern self-publishers are writers, not editors, and self-editing is not really part of most writers’ toolboxes. If you edit like a writer, you’re going to have a bad time.
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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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Pauses that are not Commas: Asides, semicolons, hyphens, em-dashes, and en-dashes
Before I get to the column on the three types of editing and how to actually use publishing principles in self-publishing, there is one other grammar pet peeve I need to address so I don’t hate myself for leaving you in the dark. It’s about what those bigass letters say directly above this.
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How I Deal With Writer’s Block
You couldn’t possibly have already read my afterword in the new Lyssa (#4), but if you have—I mean, when you DO, because of course you all gobble up every word I give you—you would know that I read quite a few books by Piers Anthony when I was a teenager. And yes, cynics and critics, I know he has a reputation as kind of a…let’s just say possibly a hint of the dirty old man and a kind of, shall we say, overproducing writer (but I still like the ones I like!)—and that this probably explains a lot about how I’m still kind of stuck in late 80’s/early 90’s teenage level sexuality. Regardless, the biggest thing I learned from him was a method for dealing with writer’s block.
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