Posts Tagged ‘description’

Tips on how and why to use dialogues

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Readers normally want a fast paced book to get away from their mundane and pathetic life. They want to travel with your characters, not to be told what the character is doing. They want to be there with them or be them; to hurt with them, to smell the food and taste it with them, to see the morning sun go up and to feel the afternoon rain fall on their face.

What they usually don’t want is to fall asleep reading. (If they want to fall asleep reading, they can grab a textbook.)

What is one of your responsibilities as an author?

To keep the story moving at a good pace or you will lose your readers…forever, a huge no, no in our business.

So what keeps a story moving?

Dialogues is one excellent way. Most anything you need to say can be said in a dialog.

For example: (more…)

How do you describe a place?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

In the same way you describe people and feelings. You want the place to be seen in the reader’s mind as vividly as if they where there. It also has to do with “show don’t tell” that is so desirable for a good author. You want your readers to feel it, touch it, see it, taste it and smell it. Every time you can use a combination of the senses or all of them in your book, you have the best description ever.

Here are some ideas that will help inspire your own:

The sea of golden waves spread before my eyes while the breeze (more…)