Dialogue tags: attribution tags and action tags (tip 33) 1

Modern novels contain more dialogue than ever before, so it’s a problem for many aspiring authors that they make mistakes when writing dialogue tags. Here, D.D. Johnston shares everything you need to know.

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How to write something original 2

Writers often complain that it’s hard to be original. Here’s how to write something that’s never been written before.

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Show, don’t tell Reply

‘Show, don’t tell’ is perhaps better known than any other piece of writing advice. On Creative Writing courses it sometimes becomes a mantra repeated ritualistically. But what exactly does it mean?

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The ripple effect: connecting private lives and public dramas Reply

Lucy Tyler introduces her concept of ‘the ripple effect’ – the connections writers make between their characters’ private lives and bigger national and global issues.

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Tone it down, writers: accuracy versus hyperbole Reply

Below this video there’s a passage full of over-stating – if you’re looking for a writing exercise, have a go rewriting it replacing the over-stated descriptions with something more subtle – with a true and accurate descriptions of the facts.

The smell of the pub was so vile that I nearly gagged. The noise was deafening and puddles of beer sloshed around the floor. Near the bar a group of nearly-naked women, their skirts like belts, screamed so loudly I thought glasses might shatter. I fought my way through the stench of cheap perfume and leant on the crumbling bar. The barman, a humungous knuckle-dragging lout, grudgingly poured me a beer and crashed it onto the decrepit bar, spilling most of the liquid over my feet. As soon as I sipped the beer I thought I was going to be sick. One of the women must have seen me wincing because her inch-thick layer of makeup cracked as she cackled to her cronies.

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