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Clunky dialogue? Tips to keep it real.

Is your dialogue as clunky as sneakers in the dryer?  Here are some tips to keep it real. Real people don’t speak in paragraph-long soliloquies.  Keep your exchanges short, and use summary to explain background information. Real people don’t tell each other information they already know as a way of conveying it to the reader.  […]

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Banish Unnecessary Words

Wordiness is the urge to use ten words when three would have done nicely.  Extra words drain the power and urgency from your writing, so be on the lookout for redundancies and meaningless words.  Here is an example. He just tip-toed carefully across the scorchingly hot pavement. Is it possible to tip-toe recklessly?  Can scorching […]

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