Monthly Archives: October 2012

Goldilocks and the Three Kinds of Dialogue

Dialogue in fiction is not simply people chatting away about their day. It’s supposed to do a lot of hard work: characterize the speaker, advance the plot, convey subtext. In a writing workshop that I’m taking this fall, the instructor, author Adam Stumacher, gave us some great advice about dialogue that I wanted to share […]

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When Less Is More

Like many people who write, I love language, and I especially admire writers that are able to compress details and time into just a few words. Look at this example from Jim Henry’s story, “The Flood.” “When I got home from the gym there was a message for the other Jonathan Patrick from a guy […]

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