Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

"When it comes to memoir, we want to catch the author in a lie. When we read fiction, we want to catch the author telling the truth." Tayari Jones

A Writing Tool

Writer beware! Worried about whether an agent or publisher is legitimate? The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have "thumbs down" lists of agencies and publishers, along with resources to keep writers from getting scammed. Whether you want advice on finding legitimate service providers or you need to learn about legal recourse, every writer should visit this site.

Craft Tip

Use dialogue effectively. Dialogue zooms into the action and gets readers close to the characters. Dialogue also slows down the pacing. To make sure dialogue doesn't lag, wrap it in subtext, character agendas, and emotions. Dialogue isn't just about what the characters say, it's about what they are thinking, their tone, and what they do with their bodies while speaking that reinforces or betrays their words.


There's a Story Here: Arraiolos, Portugal, 2004

What story would you write about this photo?


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