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Upcoming Workshop at Montrose Library: Writing Compelling Dialog

Here’s something to put on your calendar for Wednesday, February 20, 2013: Workshop on dialog in narrative fiction. Local author Dave Casler leads another writer’s workshop, this time on developing compelling dialog in narrative fiction. Learn how to make dialog … Continue reading

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Reader Comments About Broom 1

Here are some comments I received from Joe over several e-mails. I thought you’d enjoy them too. The free edition of Broom 1 is still no longer available; go to the www.americanflyingbroomstick.com site to subscribe to a free chapter a … Continue reading

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Mt. Sneffels Press Carries New Authors

The Mt. Sneffels Press Catalog is expanding, soon to include Mary Ann Dismant’s memoirs remembering her early years in Denver. And I’ve added something new. We have many local authors who have put together some pretty cool stuff. I’ve volunteered … Continue reading

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Describing an Event

How do you like to describe events in your novel? By event I mean something that happens to further the plot. Let’s take an example. Your outline (you do have an outline, don’t you?) says that Jack, Mary, and Jane … Continue reading

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Whence Conflict?

In previous posts, I’ve talked about a necessary ingredient in your novel (indeed, in all fiction): conflict. So what should the conflict be? Sometimes it’s obvious, for example your novel on star-crossed lovers. Other times it may not be. When … Continue reading

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Who Critiques Your Stuff?

Critiquer 1: “I love it! Delightful characters, beautifully developed scenes, lovely story arc, I cried at the end!” Critiquer 2: “You’ve got a good idea, but frankly Sam falls flat. Can a man really just think of only one thing … Continue reading

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Real People Do Not Speak in Complete Sentences

Dialog is a tricky thing. I hold to the idea that every bit of dialog must push the story along in some way. It can be used to round out a character, or perhaps reveal some information the hero doesn’t … Continue reading

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