Writing Workshop…Top Tips

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Now for the third instalment in my writing workshop series. Last week was all about the ending of a short story; the previous week focused on the story opening and this week it’s time for a dialogue refresher course:

Top Tips…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue

It isn’t easy to write convincing dialogue and it’s something many writers struggle with. Even if you get the words right, there seem to be so many rules and regulations concerning how it should be set out, the punctuation etc. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you:

The Do’s

  • Always use speech marks for characters’ words. It’s so easy to miss them off, which can lead to confusion e.g.:

“That’s okay, you go first,” David said. My mother believes it’s important that I behave like a gentleman.

It’s not clear if the last sentence is referring to David’s mother and if…

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NO FEE Submission call and interview – Flash Fiction for Flash Memory, DEADLINE: Sept. 30, 2017

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The Collection: Flash Fiction for the Flash Mind is a new collection of flash fiction and photography designed specifically for those who struggle to retain memory of longer narratives, but love to read. Editor Anne Anthony describes the experience she had with her own mother:

“Imagine then, her consternation when her memory began to fail her in her early seventies. During one visit, I noticed she had switched from reading novels to collections of short stories. When I asked about it, she laughed. ‘Well, I can remember the plot of a short story long enough to finish.’ Toward the end of her life, my mother had the ability to read, but could no longer retain the memory of the narrative.”

You can read more about the inspiration for this collection on their web site: http://anchalastudios.weebly.com/.

I love the idea of this collection  and wanted to know more, so…

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #165 Late&Holiday

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Remember to come back and visit the comments section during the week for your fellow poets entries!

Haiku Poetry Prompt Writing Challenge Useful Links.
Thesaurus: Late, Holiday.
HowManySyllables.com
Thesaurus.com

Ronovan Writes Haiku Challenge Image 2016

The Guidelines are simple.

  1. Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in Englishas my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like. The link above has links within it to articles about how to write Haibun, Tanka, and even a new form I created called Freku. You can also do the 3/5/3 form if you likeinstead of the 5/7/5 that I usually use. Write, share, and have fun. For syllable help visit HowManySyllables.com. (You would be surprised at how many syllables some words actually have.)
  2. The two words can be used as you…

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