Category: dialogue

#WritingChallenge: LISTEN to create stronger dialogue

By Deirdre Strong dialogue will draw readers into your book and catch an editor’s ear. There are a few things that make your dialogue stand out in the slush pile and feel fresh and contemporary: The dialogue sounds natural: The speech isn’t overly formal, and doesn’t read like a Wikipedia entry explaining the characters’ feelings.…

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Romance Writing 101: Mastering the art of dialogue

Harlequin insider Grace helps you master the mysterious art of dialogue! Hello to you all, dear aspiring writers! Today I’ll be advising you on how to tackle that surprisingly difficult to master, but unavoidably vital, aspect of storytelling: dialogue! Now, you’d think this would be easy. After all, we all talk! But writing it is…

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It’s a Stop The Wedding #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend, we’d love you to stop our fictional wedding with your best one-liner ever! We’ve written you a short intro below, and would love to see where you take it next! Susanna’s nerves were thrumming, sending the blood pounding through her veins and keeping her acutely aware that on this, the biggest…

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Here’s your next #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend’s #WritingChallenge is short and sweet – we hope you enjoy! Your hero and heroine have just met. Give us his most impactful/ funny/ sexy/ intriguing/ eye-catching first line! Happy Writing – we can’t wait to have a read on Monday! The SYTYCW Editors X  

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Here’s your next #WritingChallenge!

Hi everyone, This weekend’s #WritingChallenge is short and sweet – we hope you enjoy! Your hero and heroine have just met. Give us your hero’s most impactful/ funny/ sexy/ intriguing/ eye-catching opening line! Happy Writing – we can’t wait to have a read on Monday! The SYTYCW Editors X

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Say it with Style: How to write great dialogue

By Rhonda Helms, Carina Editor We’re all aware that dialogue is a vital part of a story. We get to know characters, learn key information about the plot, snicker at jokes, cringe from awkward confessions, and even swoon with romantic lines. Nailing dialogue in your manuscript can help you hook an editor, fast. Here are…

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Dear Editor…

Dear Editor, I’ve had a few rejections, and every time I get the same feedback, I feel like I’m a broken record. I keep getting told I either have inauthentic or not enough dialogue. I feel like I’ve just hit a brick wall, and can’t quite work out where I’m going wrong, or what exactly…

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Weekend Writing Tips: Emily Krupin

How much dialogue is too much? Romantic Suspense Assistant Editor Emily Krupin shares her top tips on balancing dialogue with action! Enjoy, and happy writing! The Sold Editors x

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