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The Blood-Red Pencil · 1d ago

#FridayReads Story Building Blocks

After several years away from writing anything but blog posts, I am thrilled to announce m...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 3d ago

The Importance of Mystery in Dialogue

During finals week, I came across the following note on a white board:The white board was ...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 5d ago

Dialogue Tips from the Writing Sheep

EXT. A fenced meadow. Three sheep are grazing. More are in deep background. The WRITER approaches. The sheep raise their heads.SHEEP #1: Stay there.WRITER: Here? Outside the fence?SHEEP #3:...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 1W ago

#Fridayreads: The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies by Connie Spittler

I was not sure what to expect when I opened this book. The title, The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies, was intriguing, and from reading the back and blurbs I knew it contained two of my favorite things: herbs and mystery! Whether or not it would li...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 1W ago

Your Mother’s Dreams

Image by Taymaz Valley, via FlickrWhen ghostwriting a memoir, I ask my clients a lot of questions. One of my favorite questions is about their mothers. I ask them: Do you know what your mom ...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 1W ago

Creating Real Characters through Dialogue, Mannerisms, and Actions

One of the difficulties in writing fiction is how to individualize your characters to make them real. This can be achieved through dialogue or specific character tics or mannerisms. Doing this in a series is more difficult because you have to keep th...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 2W ago

#Friday Reads : Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and MeTa-Nehisi CoatesPublished by Spiegel & GrauJuly 14, 2015ABOUT THE BOOK“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 2W ago

Say It with Gusto

Writing dialogue seems easy enough. It's just characters talking, right? Not exactly.Conversation between characters offers great opportunity to discreetly convey information to the reader a...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 3W ago

Lessons Learned From Writing Scripts and Acting

Over the years of writing stage plays and film scripts, as well as playing on stage, I have learned quite a bit about writing dialogue, and "these are a few of my favorite things":Don't incl...
The Blood-Red Pencil · 3W ago

Yacking, Conversation, or Dialogue

Our theme for May at the Blood-Red Pencil blog is dialogue and all the ways we use it - correctly and incorrectly - in fiction. We'll talk about how to properly punctuate, when to use dialog...