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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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