Dialogue tags editing exercise to accompany writing tip 33 Reply

Dialogue tags exercise imageAfter watching Writing Tip 33, you might want to have a go at this writing exercise. Just click on the image to open the exercise and then clean up the dialogue tags to improve the excerpt. For comparison, the published version follows further down the document. As always, please let us know how you get on.

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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How to lie and get away with it: a game for writers Reply

Writers are professional liars. We make things up but present those things in a way that’s sufficiently convincing that people believe us, or at least suspend their disbelief, for the time it takes them to read our books. So how does one lie and get away with it?

Would I lie to you gamecard
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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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Writing stories: conflicts, objectives, & impediments Reply

Happiness is great, unless you’re writing a story. For a plot to exist, there has to be some conflict. And conflict arises when characters with objectives encounter impediments. This video introduces an exercise to help writers focus on conflict, objectives, and impediments.

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