3 Ways to Improve Your Dialogue

3 Ways to Improve Your Dialogue

Dialogue is an integral part of most narrative fiction. When characters speak to one another, they reveal personality, plot, and conflict. However, it can be challenging to give our characters the right things to say. Let's work on it in this article.

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6 Overlooked ProWritingAid Reports You Should Try

6 Overlooked ProWritingAid Reports You Should Try

ProWritingAid is so much more than a grammar checker, but it's hard to know which reports you need. Here are six reports you may be overlooking that you should definitely be using.

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Dialogue: Its Functions and Form in Fiction

Dialogue: Its Functions and Form in Fiction

Believable dialogue is the key to revealing your characters, establishing a scene's tone and atmosphere, and advancing your storyline. Learn to incorporate speech tags and action beats. Follow our ten tips to write effective dialogue.

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The Final Step: Reading Your Manuscript Out Loud

The Final Step: Reading Your Manuscript Out Loud

There's no such thing as a perfect manuscript, but you'll get as close as possible if you read your book out loud before you publish. Here's why.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Punctuating Dialogue

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Punctuating Dialogue

Dialogue, dialogue tags, and action beats. Commas, dashes, and quotation marks. Punctuating dialogue doesn't have to be difficult. Here's what you need to know.

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Writing Fiction? Watch Out for These 10 Common Mistakes

Writing Fiction? Watch Out for These 10 Common Mistakes

Struggling from a case of writer's block or wondering what's blocking you on the path to publication? Read on to ensure that you're not making any of these fatal writing errors...

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10 Dialogue Mistakes to Avoid in Your Novel

10 Dialogue Mistakes to Avoid in Your Novel

Use these 10 tips to write dialogue that feels real, reveals characterisation, and keeps readers engaged.

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Action Beats: The Author's Multi-Tool

Action Beats: The Author's Multi-Tool

Action beats are often used in lieu of dialogue tags to show body language and to denote who is talking. But action beats are also useful for showing characterization, setting, and even world-building!

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Stop Killing Younglings: How to Avoid the Storytelling Mistakes of the "Star Wars" Prequels

Stop Killing Younglings: How to Avoid the Storytelling Mistakes of the "Star Wars" Prequels

There were many missteps in the "Star Wars" prequel films, not least of all the invention of Jar-Jar Binks. Here's how to avoid those same mistakes in your work. How wude!

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Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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What's After NaNoWriMo?

What's After NaNoWriMo?

It’s time to burst your bubble. Sorry! The typical paperback novel is between 80,000 and 100,000 words long. Yes, you completed 50,000 words, and that’s an amazing achievement in 30 days. But 50,000 words does not a novel make. Here's what you need to know about life after NaNoWriMo...

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Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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How to use...  The Dialogue Tags Check

How to use... The Dialogue Tags Check

Dialogue tags are the words that refer dialogue to a specific character. The two most common examples are “said” and “asked”. - “I’m not going!” said Charlie. They are essential in writing, particularly in scenes that include several characters, because they help the reader follow the conversation. Novice writers, however, have an annoying tendency to use more flowery dialogue tags and pepper them with adverbs. - “I’m not going!” said Charlie angrily. - “I’m not going!” shouted Charlie. - “I’m not going!” roared Charlie furiously.

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Calling All Newbies: The Dialogue Tags Check

Calling All Newbies: The Dialogue Tags Check

What is the ProWritingAid Dialogue Tags Check? Find out in this article.

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5 Tips My College Screenwriting Professors Taught Me About Writing Dialogue

5 Tips My College Screenwriting Professors Taught Me About Writing Dialogue

What can prose writers learn about dialogue from the world of screenwriting? Find out in this article!

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