How To Write Compelling Dialogue

Getting dialogue right is not as easy as it appears.
Here are some good tips!

Writing about...Writing

Your characters do interact, don’t they? But how compelling is their dialogue? Does it sound real?

Jerry B. Jenkins has the experience of writing more than 200 novels and he shares some of that experience with us.

I recommend watching this video as it is full of wisdom.

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On NaNoWriMo, Inkitt, and Being An Author

If you want to publish, (and especially if you’ve participated in #NaNoWriMo), please read this!


On Writing

I sequestered myself for the month of November and wrote the first 50k words of Hostis Humani Generis, the decopunk anarchist lesbian pirate farmer novel. So. Huzzah for me.

Unfortunately, it will probably be my last NaNoWriMo.

I’m going to finish the book! And using the same method, as well. But not using the NaNoWriMo website or hashtags, and maybe in a month with fewer holidays in it.

And now we’re going to talk about why.

On NaNoWriMo

I have been participating in National Novel Writing Month since 2015. And winning. And publishing. I used to donate every year and get that little halo over my profile photo.

I believe in NaNo as a project. I don’t actually believe, as they often say, that anyone can write a book. I think you need to read a lot and write a lot and think a lot, and on top…

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The Truth That Authors Need To Hear – by Brian Feinblum…

If you are in the mood for a kick in the pants (and most of us need this on occasion – bless you if you don’t), read this post by Brian Feinblum.

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on Book Marketing Buzz:

For over the past three decades, I have had the privilege to work in book publishing and marketing. Having worked with thousands of authors and spoken to multiples of that, I have heard many complaints by authors about being an author.   

Can anything be done to help them?

Are the complaints legitimate — or are they just the whines of ignorance, laziness, jealousy, incompetence, and a lousy attitude?

Authors can certainly be the victims of bad luck, lousy publicists, poor timing, tough competition, a crappy publisher, or a change in the marketplace. But most often, they sabotage themselves or they fail to overcome challenges and setbacks.

Authors, it is time for Brooklyn Boot Camp.

I was born and raised in a time and place that has forever shaped me and informed me of how the world works. I grew up in gritty 1970s and 80s…

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Here’s how you can help the people of Ukraine : NPR

Want to help in this sad time in history?


Feeling useless at this significant world event? Here’s how you can make a difference.

NPR’s list of organizations you can use to help:

This Forbes post also names some organizations:

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Words Bubbling Up

Okay writers. This post if for you 🙂


The meaning and symbolism of the word - «Bubble»

Do you have some words bubbling up inside you, just waiting to get out? 

We have all been hunkering down from this virus, from unrest, from…

NPR is giving us an outlet. 

Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, I know you have words you can use to describe how you’re feeling. Write them down and send them to NPR and Kwame Alexander, Morning Editing’s resident poet – yes the show has it’s own poet, who knew? – will pick out words from our entries and create a poem for us!

The NPR piece and info on how to enter is here:

Here is the except from the Langston Hughes poem “I Dream a World”


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An Interview with Author/Illustrator Jessixa Bagley

Great piece on writing and illustrating but it’s not just for someone who is doing both. Authors of children’s books need to think about (and leave room for, as Jessica mentions) for the illustrator to do their thing. I love working with illustrators. They always, always surprise me!

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The SCBWI-WI Fall Retreat, Let’s Get Crafty, is just a few weeks away. Although it’s sold-out, we’re so grateful that each member of the amazing faculty has answered a few questions for our blog. 

Jessixa Bagley is a children’s book author/illustrator. Her love of books and storytelling are inspired by classic storybooks and her childhood experiences in the Pacific Northwest. Jessixa has traveled both domestically and internationally for school visits, keynotes, and workshops to speak about her books. Her first picture book, Boats for Papa, has won numerous awards including the 2016 Washington State Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award. Her picture book, Laundry Day, is the winner of a 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award for Writing. She lives in Seattle with her husband and son. Follow her on twitter: @jessixabagley

Jessixa-Bagley_bio-216x300-1.pngYour presentation is Both Sides of the Picture Book. Can you give us a sneak preview?…

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