The fastest way to improve your story is to write dialogue that dazzles. How? Give each character an opposing goal, and stick to “said.”
These are 2 of the 6 strategies Joslyn Chase writes about in her post about dialogue.
Chase makes good points in her post and I would add, formatting dialogue in a variety of ways also makes reading a more interesting experience. For example, add the dialogue/attribution tag before the sentence or in the middle of a couple of sentences, as well as at the end.
And don’t forget, you only need an attribution (or dialogue) tag, if the reader won’t know who’s talking.
Source: How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers
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It’s easy to equate revision with failure. “If I knew what I were doing, I’d get it right the first time,” many writers think. Revision is the best friend a writer can have…
So writes Vicki Krueger on the Poynter website, which is a journalism blog, but I think her 9 points work well for novel writers as well. Point #3 is put it away (for a few minutes). Of course for novel writers, this should be much longer. I am always surprised how a couple week away from a manuscript can clarify ones writing.
I also heartily believe in reading out loud and from print vs off the computer or tablet. I always pick up more from reading print.
Source: 9 ways to review and revise your writing – Poynter
Maria on Shewrites, give us a little grammer lesson. The tip at the end is the best way to figure this out, rather than trying to remember subject pronoun and object pronoun, though I always appreciate when I can learn why I’m supposed to do something a certain way, rather than, just because.
I vs. Me – She Writes.