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Action Beats

Getting Dialogue Right: How to Use Dialogue Tags and Action Beats An Easy Way to Immediately Improve Your Character’s Action Beats Do You Use Too Many Generic Action Tags?

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“The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone;the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.” Ancient Israelite House [sic]”If one were to walk through the front door they might see a child lying in a hammock wrapped in swaddling clothes, and a woman seated at her […]

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Pam on Joshabiah’s POV

I read about a page and a half, puzzling about the feeling that this was the same scene I’d just read, told differently. Then I realized you were telling it from Joshabiah’s POV. Although it’s very common to alternate POVs in a story, I wasn’t expecting it, so I was confused. Will you be using […]

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A Checklist for Vivid Writing

ENVIRONMENT What is the weather/temperature/climate What kind of lighting is present What time of day is it What time of year is it SETS Indoors : What is the type and size of the room/enclosure she is occupying? How is it furnished? Outdoors: What is the terrain (hilly, marshy, rocky, lush, dusty, etc)? What plants, […]

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Say what?

Typos hide from me. They think it’s a game. Implausible plot twists sneak in during the night. Please reveal them to me. And if you would be so kind as to do a serious critique of a chapter, ask and ye shall receive it in MS Word format. Dave

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