Wright’s Writing Corner: Interior Dialogue

Interior Dialogue:  Readers don't trust dialogue.  Have your characters think, and have what they think be juxtaposed to the dialogue, showing a new angle. This one I learned the hard way. When I first started writing novels, I was under the impression that the best writing was like a screen play, all dialogue. So, I…

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Wright’s Writing Corner: The Trick!

Somehow, last week, I skipped over The Trick–my favorite writing tip of them all!   The Trick: Raising expectations in one direction but having the story first go in the opposite direction. The Trick is the secret to writing, the thing that makes a story work: expectation followed by something other than the expected outcome…

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Wright’s Writing Corner: The Foil!

Nausicca, having removed off her breather-mask   The Foil:          Use other characters to showcase the strengths of your main characters and to show how they are extraordinary.   The best example of the idea of a “foil”—in fact the place that the term comes from—is Hal from Shakespeare’s King Henry IV Part One. In what is probably…

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