The Difficulty of Dialogue

My whole life, I’ve been a great eavesdropper! George V. Higgins I do love to eavesdrop. It’s inspirational, not only for subject matter but for actual dialogue, the way people talk. Lynda Barry I struggle with writing natural sounding dialogue for my characters. I’ve been told to listen, listen, listen to:

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Interview with Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the author of fiction and nonfiction titles for children and young adults. She has won more than two dozen literary awards, among them the Coretta Scott King Book Award, SCBWI Golden Kite Award, ALA Notable Children’s Books, Western Writers of America Spur Awards, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. Her latest book, […]

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More About the Writing Habit

Having trouble keeping your New Year’s writing resolutions? Here are some tips that work for procrastination in general and for writing specifically. 1. Set a goal that’s not intimidating. Last week I suggested that you determine to write just 30 minutes a day. 2. Ask someone close to you to hold you accountable DAILY. Years […]

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An Interview with Author Lori Mortensen

Many of you are particularly interested in writing picture books. California author Lori Mortensen writes adorable, lively picture books as well as marketable nonfiction. She’s the perfect subject for an interview on this blog! I spoke with Lori recently and here’s what she had to say: SRR: Lori, you are a prolific author of both […]

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