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Colorful Language: Falling in Love with the Speech Rhythms of the American Southwest

YA author Rayne Lacko tells how falling in love with the colorful speech patterns of the American Southwest helped her shape her novel A Song for the Road. When I charted an epic road trip across the American Southwest for Carter Danforth, ...

The Horrors of Being a Ghost: Ghostwriters Share Their Tales of Nightmare Clients

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, themed “Villains.” This issue includes advice to help writers write better villains in memoir, thrillers, film, and everythin...

Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side

Debut author Sarah Sover shares how embracing her weird side led to the publication of her first book. I was always going to be a writer. Well, that or the next vampire slayer, but I was never called, so writing became my calling. In ninth ...

How to Write Historical Fiction

Don’t know where to start on your historical fiction novel? Author Mariah Fredericks reveals how she conducted research on The Gilded Age for her new book, Death of a New American. I love historical fiction. Growing up, I read Jean Plaidy...

How to Write Funny Dialogue: 5 Tips for Making Readers Laugh Out Loud

Playwright and author Stephen Evans explains how to write funny dialogue with these five key tips informed by neurology, rhythm and theater. I remember the first time I heard an audience laugh at one of my plays. It was thrilling. And fasci...

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Use of Abbreviations in Narration Speech

Hello, English native forum friends. I’m opening this post because I’m in doubt about the use of the regular sci-fi abbreviations in third person narration.Some usual abbreviation examples: lab = laboratorymod / modi = body modi...

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My dialogue is wooden

I see two possible issues with your dialogue, as you’re describing it. One is the idea of dialogue as a tool for conveying information. This can be effective, but it can also be a bit of a trap, leading to characters “expositing...

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How do you write style guides?

Originally Posted by Sir-KP I don’t know about others, but my characters are ‘alive’ in my mind. Delivering them into text is another thing. If I had a hard time to even remembering their characteristics in speech and mann...

10 Creative Ways to Beat Writer’s Block Fast

We’re smack in the middle of NaNoWriMo, and some of us are probably a little bit behind on our word count—definitely, definitely not me, but you know, some of us. Cough. Right. Anyway, it’s time to pick up the pace: This piece from t...

Two New Ways for Kids to Create Stories on WriteReader

WriteReader is one of my favorite tools for elementary school students to use to create multimedia stories. The outstanding feature of the service is the option for teachers to write corrections directly beneath a students’ original w...

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