Word by Word

Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Add sizzle: Tips for potent dialogue

Dialogue electrifies and ignites fictions. It brings characters and conflicts into focus, especially when characters argue, coerce, and threaten. Here are a few reminders about how to keep dialogue sizzling: Skip the throat clearing, greetings and pleasantries. Don’t warm up; jump right in. Ditch the names. Write dialogue that creates consequences. If there are no […]

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Hooked: The Dropper by Ron McLarty

We’ve got a few days respite from the heat here and the wildfire smoke that was choking our region has dissipated, though fires are still burning. The good news is that one fire to the east of the Cascades is nearly contained. Ron McLarty wrote one of my favorite all-time novels, The Memory of Running. […]

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