Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday's Tip for Writers #6 - Keep Action in Real Time

Too often I'm let down when a dramatic event in a novel is skipped over and then relayed to me as a memory or flashback. I don't mean backstory, where readers are informed of events that took place before the novel started. I'm referring to events that could be written in the novel's real time as an active scene but instead are summarized in a character's thoughts the next morning while he sips coffee.

Sometimes skipped action really stands out. An author may have been setting up a confrontation for fifty pages, so I'm eagerly anticipating it, staying awake an extra thirty minutes so I can reach that scene before going to sleep. Then the moment comes, but instead of living it with the character, I read about it after the fact through dialogue or memory. I feel cheated.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Lucky 13

I sold "My Lucky Thirteen Tips for Dialogue" article to Vision, A Resource for Writers, and they published it in their current issue, #49, for January/February 2009. Vision is a well-done and helpful e-zine I read regularly. Check it out by clicking here, or if you want to go directly to my lucky thirteen tips for dialogue article, click here.