Okay so it looks like I fell off the planet. Promise - I'm still here. The last two years have been ... hard. There's no other word for it. Everything is fine. I'm fine, but I've been the caregiver of my Mother-in-law and now I'm taking care of my mom. Between her needs, work, etc I seem to have lost control of my time. I am still writing and have made a few hard decisions.

I pulled my books from Mundania and have decided to to try to sell them through other publishers. I'm happy to say the 1st three books I sold to HSWF (now owned by Mundania) have been picked up by Melange Books and will be released through their Satin Books imprint. The rest I'm still working on.

I'll probably still be sporadic. Unless I win the lottery and can hire someone to help me I can't avoid it, but know I'm still here still working hard in the background and am hoping to do better at keeping my blog alive.

Barb:)


Tink...tink...tink...anyone out there? Hi! I'm Barbara Donlon Bradley - Author - editor and slightly crazy - ask anyone in my family. I hope to use this blog to talk about writing, editing and whatever pops in my head. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Writing Down the Bones: Story Construction and Evaluation the Romance Novel - Part 12 Dialog

Okay now you've gone through your manuscript and it's time to polish that baby of yours. So first we're going to look at dialog again.

Now as you look at it you need to ask yourself these questions:

1.) Does your dialog represent your character properly? Are these words what your character would truly say? Are you using the unique thinking or figure of speech of your character?

2.) Does it help the conflict?

3.) Is it fun? Is the banter quick/clever? Or is it kind of boring?

4.) Does it move the plot along? Does it give necessary information without being a data dump?

5.) Is it filled with emotion from your character? Does it show their state of mind?

6.) Does your action tags/tags stay in your characters POV?

I hope everyone in the USA has a Happy Thanksgiving - those in Canada a belated Happy Thanksgiving and to the rest of the world peace in your life,

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