I have a lot of dialogue in my story and I worry that some of it might be unnecessary. As I go through my revision, that is something I want to pay special attention to. I think I need more description and a bit less dialogue.
I found this helpful---it's from "Dialogue" by Gloria Kempton, part of the Write Great Fiction series:

"Set up your characters in an animated discussion scene that does any one of a number of things:

---provides new information to the characters about the conflict
---reveals new obstacles that the viewpoint character must overcome to achieve his goal
---creates the kind of dynamic between the scene characters that furthers the story's theme
---introduces a pivotal moment in the plot that transforms the character(s)
---sets up the discussion so the character (and reader) are reminded of his scene and story goals, and/or accelerates the emotion and story movement to increase the suspense and make the situation more urgent for the characters."

Off to revise! ;)

paxamo Y,


I'm a Writer?

I've been writing pretty much my whole life---poems about bugs at age 4, school newspaper articles in high school, and a nearly consistent journal throughout my adult years. When I was in my early twenties, I wrote and submitted three primary childrens' books: Bo-Bo Bunny's Busy Day, Sammy the Snake (not mafia-related!), and an alliterative ABC book.

I expected to get rejection letters and wasn't disappointed.

I eventually gave up on any dreams of getting published as I got busy with my life---a new marriage, a baby boy, and various health issues.

Now, as I'm nearing 40, I find that my passion for writing has returned stronger than ever.
I'm ready to venture into those waters once again...to finally make my distant dreams of getting published come true. =)

This blog will be my effort to chronicle the writing world as I see it, and share my journey as I take it.

No matter where it leads...