Writing Dialogue by Julie Wright

Julie Wright gave some good advice on writing dialogue. There is so much great dialogue can do for a story. I sometimes forget the reader can't read my mind. We can't assume readers can read our character's minds either.
And what is the best writing mechanics to SHOW us more about who and what the characters are thinking/feeling/struggling with.
I'm just going to bullet point it all.

Good dialogue should (must do at least ONE):
Reveal characterSet the toneAlter relationships (build up or tear down)Increase tensionMove plot forward
Don't info dumpUse adverbs sparinglyDon't need cussingMake your dialogue count
There is a different between real dialogue (which is SHOWNG) and narrated dialogue (which is TELLING).

There's a great chapter in the book, SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne and Dave King.

Now, go through your first five chapters and test out your dialogue. How is it? Showing? Telling? Does it reveal the character? 
What book have…

Must-Have Moments by Jen Nielsen

Jen also talked about everything in story and how to make scenes better (using OUTSIDERS as an example):

1.Inciting Incident a.Ponyboy heads home late 2.Complication a.One wants something but the other will not or cannot give it b.Both want something c.If one gets it, the other loses d.Darry is mad. If Pony gets his freedom, Darry loses his control over brothers
3.Crisis a.Sodapop intervenes; Darry slaps Pony, changing the trijectory of the story 4.Climax a.Pony runs away, gets jumped by rivals, Johnny kills rival 5.Consequence/Resolution a.Pony and Johnny rescue kids and become heroes, one dies

Don't you dare give up...


Must-Have Moments in Your Novel by Jennifer A. Nielsen

I've decided it doesn't matter what Jennifer Nielsen is teaching, I NEED IT.

There are the acts in a story:

ACT I Intro
ACT II Mayhem Ensures
ACT III Resolution

ACT I 1.Intro to the world (like the intro to the Shire) #1 key moment ~ intro to the voice
2.First clash with the antagonist
3.First decision (leave the shire) #2 key moment ~ The hero’s fatal flaw
4.Intro subplot a.It needs a purpose b.Works into the resolution c.Could be conflict, info, parallel plots, suspense, etc #3 key moment ~ subplot must have a purpose
5.Hero confronts THE conflict (I’ll take the ring) a.Is it unexpected? b.Is it a turning point? c.Is the hero wildly unprepared? #4 key moment ~ Does your reader know what both your hero and your villain want? #5 key moment ~ Are the stakes high??

Keynote speaker Jason Wright #Betheone

Jason Wright was the keynote speaker at #storymakers19. He talked about being the one. Whatever that means to you #Betheone  Be the one to open the door for someone else, take the time to listen to a friend or stranger, show kindness #Betheone  ALSO, what if...your book changes YOUR life? 2019 Keynote Speaker, Jason Wright Jason Wright is a New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author.
Jason is also a regular columnist for Fox News and the Northern Virginia Daily. Articles by Jason have appeared in over other 100 newspapers, magazines and web sites across the United States including The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, and Forbes.
Jason is also a popular speaker who speaks on the miracle of opening doors, faith, failure, the Christmas Jars movement, the lost art of letter writing, and many other topics. He has been seen on CNN, FoxNews, C-SPAN, and on local television stations around the country.

Slow Burn Romance by Kasie West

"There’s so much more to a kiss than the kiss. We’ll discuss how to craft a story that will have your
readers begging for the HEA. We’ll discuss elements such as conflict, characters, history, tension,
emotion and how to use them to build a perfect romance. And then, of course, we’ll talk about crafting the perfect kiss."


In order to know the future of your characters, you need to know their past
You need to know their personal history
You need to know their relationship history


Check each chapter for conflict
What are your characters goals?
What are their obstacles?


Throw your love interests together often, so they can learn more about each other
Show them being vulnerable


Chemistry comes through dialogue!


Accidental touching
Build up the physical contact
How does the contact make them feel? (Sometimes you show this, sometimes you tell)

The Kiss

There is usually a BEAT right before the kiss
The kiss is more powerful writing from the emoti…