How To Write Dialogue In Your Novel Or Short Story

How to Write Good Dialogue

You’re reading a new story, and you’ve just hit the first bit of dialogue between two characters.

The problem? You’re too busy thinking, “What was the author thinking?” to focus on the story being told.

It’s jarring or riddled with wordy dialogue tags. As a reader, it makes you put down the book and move on.

As an author, you realize how essential it is to write dialogue that keeps the reader locked into your story.

Are you confident in the art of writing dialogue? If you need some help, we’ve got you covered.

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48 Fun Flash Fiction Writing Prompts

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You keep running into microfiction stories in your social media feeds. Some of them are really good, too.

And you’re thinking, “I bet I could write something like that.”

All you need are some inspiring flash fiction prompts to get you started.

Even if you just want to challenge yourself to write more and to share more of what you write, flash fiction is an excellent way to hone your storytelling skills.

And if you win some flash fiction writing challenges along the way, so much the better.

48 Flash Fiction Writing Prompts

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How To Write Flash Fiction

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Writing flash fiction, as any writer of short stories can tell you, isn’t easy.

Not only do you face the challenge of writing within the flash fiction word count, but also your story has to keep the reader fully engaged from the title to the last sentence — and beyond.

If you want to know how to write flash fiction, learn from those who do it well.

Then use a list of inspiring flash fiction prompts to help you get started writing your own.

What is Flash Fiction?

Flash fiction is the name given to short stories of (generally) fewer than 1,000 words.

It’s not the limited word count that makes good flash fiction so powerful so much as what goes into enforcing it.

Writing a memorable story of up to 100, 500, or 1,000 words takes a degree of discipline and resourcefulness that few authors have reached (or bother to).

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61 Fantasy Writing Prompts To Stoke Your Creativity

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You’ve just finished reading a fantasy novel, and while you hate that there’s no more to read, you’re so in love with the story and its characters, you marvel at the author’s power and imagination.

What must it be like to make readers feel the way you’re feeling right now?

With the generous supply of fantasy writing prompts in this post, maybe this is the year to find out.

Fantasy Story Ideas

Fantasy writing gives you the opportunity to create new worlds and realities. Your cast of characters can be regular humans, mythical beings, magical beings, or a group that includes all three.

The most compelling stories in this genre make use of the hero’s journey in some form. Think of Tolkien’s Frodo and the Ring. Or the teenage protagonist in Rick Riordan’s Greek mythology-inspired Percy Jackson series.

Pick up any well-written and well-loved fantasy novel, and chances are, the author adapted the hero’s journey to their main character’s fears, desires, and personal tests.

Learn from your favorite authors how to do the same, but in a way that fits your unique voice.

  • Create something that will inspire as well as entertain your readers.
  • Draw them into a world where anything is possible.
  • Help readers believe their own power to change things when they’ve finished reading your book.

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Want To Become A Book Editor? Here's Your Step-By-Step Guide

How to Become a Book Editor

You have an eye for detail — and a love of good writing. Friends who write know they can count on you to help them polish their books, articles, and reports.

Maybe folks have even said, “You’re so good at this! You should be a book editor.”

So, after some soul-searching, you’re on the hunt for information on how to become a book editor.

After all, if you’re so good at it, and you happen to enjoy the work, why not get paid for it?

(SIDEBAR: If you’d like to learn our strategies for writing a bestselling book, then I suggest downloading our FREE CHECKLIST, which is the exact 46-point guide we’ve used to sell one million copies of our books.

Book Editor Job

Here’s where it gets tricky. Turning something you do for friends and family members into something you do for money isn’t as simple as calling yourself an editor and creating a website with your contact information.

  • So, what do you need to do?
  • What kind of degree, if any, do you need for a book editor job?
  • Where will you find book editor jobs that will keep you busy and pay the bills (with plenty left over)?

How To Become a Book Editor

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Thinkific Vs. Teachable: The Final Word on These Online Course Platforms

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When you’re looking for information on the best online learning platforms, you’re likely to find reviews on both Thinkific and Teachable — as well as comparisons of the two.

And they can be confusing. As an author or other successful writer, you’ve probably learned something about creating multiple streams of income and building your brand.

And online courses can certainly help with both of those.

But the goal of this article isn’t to decide who wins the Thinkific vs. Teachable contest.

It’s not that simple, anyway.

The goal here is to help you choose the online course platform that will serve you best.

Thinkific Vs. Teachable

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Writing a Story? 10 Key Parts Of A Story You Must Include

Pars of a story

Do you know the essential parts of a story — or why they’re essential?

Think back to the last story you read (or listened to) that captured your imagination and held onto it to the end.

Chances are the story elements described in this article were responsible for that.

And you can probably point to at least one of them and remember how that element in the story took hold of you.

But what are the elements of a compelling story?

And how do you put them together to create one of your own?

What are the elements of a story?

To break down a story into its elements for the purpose of analyzing it, it helps to start by breaking the plot down into five stages:

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