Jason Dohring and Kristen Bell, behind the scenes of the EW photoshoot (x)
The “Now What?” Months are here! In 2014, we’ll be bringing you advice from authors who published their NaNo-novels, editors, agents, and more to help you polish November’s first draft until it gleams. Today, Cara Lockwood, author, editor, and NaNo sponsor, spotlights five dialogue potholes:
Good dialogue is hard for even experienced writers to get right. Bad dialogue, however, can be a major red flag to agents, publishers and readers in general that you are a novice writer not ready to be published. I’ve helped many first-time writers correct the most common missteps with dialogue, such as:
People ask me all the time why we don’t have a revolution in America, or at least a major wave of reform similar to that of the Progressive Era or the New Deal or the Great Society.
Middle incomes are sinking, the ranks of the poor are swelling, almost all the economic gains are…
It’s only a matter of time until the simpsons does something before real life can.
SIMPSONS DID IT
How to write a one-page synopsis by Amanda Patterson
I’ve never met a writer who enjoyed writing a synopsis. I created this simple formula to help writers create a one-page synopsis. Please refer to my post on The Five Plotting Moments That Matter that are referenced in the template.