Good Dialogue, Bad Dialogue

Clichéd; contrived; awkward; unnatural; forced; stilted. Ever heard a book described as such? If the answer is 'yes', it’s probably guilty of serving up poor dialogue (among other flaws).


Show not tell – take 10,000

The first tip an editor will proffer a wet-behind-the-ears author is: SHOW DON’T TELL. Just Google the phrase to see the number of hits returned. There is even a YouTube video of Stephen King placing this nugget as his number one advice to aspirant authors. Here’s an example from a thriller I’m currently writing. Tell: … Continue reading Show not tell – take 10,000