It’s not productive to dwell on what you can’t do. As a writer, you can create any scenario you choose.
If dialogue is your weak suit, study your favorite author’S novels and see how they handle it. Activate text to talk on your computer and have your dialogue read back to you.
Does your dialogue sound stilted, or is it how you want your characters to speak? Don’t get carried away with dialogue tags. I cringe when I read: He said nervously or she said nastily. You just told the reader the emotion you want to relay. Instead, show them.
How was your male character nervous? Did he tap his fingers when he spoke? Did he tug at his necktie or shirt collar? Raise up on his toes? How about your nasty female character? Did she glare? Cut off the speaker in mid-sentence? Raise her chin? You’re reader will get the message by showing instead of telling.
Break up you narrative with dialogue and break up you dialogue with narrative. Sounds simple, doesn’t it.
Fiction readers like to see white space, otherwise it’s like reading a manual.
Keep your story moving. Cut out the scenes that slow down the plot. Sprinkle backstory throughout your novel, don’t subject your reader to pages of past history.
I hope this proves helpful.

My latest ebooks, THE HIDDEN JOURNAL, and MISPLACED, by Joyce Brennan are available on
For more of my writing hints, visit
Meanwhile, keep writing.

About brennanwrites

I am an author, a public speaker on writing, and belong to four writer's groups. I lead a writing class the first Monday of every month.My books, "Don't Dance on my Heart," and "Broken Promises," are available on
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