by Dan Walsh, @DanWalshAuthor
Believe it or not, my column this month is about the Characters in our novels. In short, the idea of making them seem and even feel like real people to our readers. This is a major priority for me. I think with good reason.
Last month, I quoted one of my favorite writing quotes: “The secret to great fiction writing is to create characters readers care about,
Continue reading “I’ve Gotta Be Me, She Said”
He Said, She Said:
Are you using too many tags in dialogue?
I look at portions of work by newer writers,
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I sat in the studio, my stomach nervous. I’d never read one of my books for an audio version before, which was one reason for my queasiness. But the main reason resided firmly on page 36 of Thin Places.
Jimmy, the producer, asked me at the beginning of the recording. “What are you going to do about that word?”
I’m not normally a swearer.
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A writer confidently storms the doors of the publishing houses, knowing his work will make the editors gasp in awe–only to discover those cretins wouldn’t know great writing if it descended from heaven on chiseled stone tablets and crushed their unappreciative little skulls.
Of course I’ve never felt that way, but it’s rumored that some have held that opinion.
Regardless of our response to rejection, the editor’s decision is rendered for practical reasons.
Continue reading “I Said IPPY, Not Hippie, So Don’t Freak Out, Man”