Novel Ideas: #14 “Dogs Must Live!”

You may think you have a perfectly rational reason for killing a dog in your novel. Maybe he’s a very large, rabid dog. Death would be a blessing. Or maybe he’s a devoted guard dog, destined to give his life in loyal service to his human family. So, really, in both of those cases you […]

Dialect in dialogue: How much is too much?

We’re writers, and we all love a good character. You know, a character who’s something of a “character.” And we all know that one of the clearest, simplest, and most effective ways to illuminate a tasty character is by using dialect in dialogue. Good use of dialect lets our readers “hear” the same character voice […]

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