The importance of dialogue in one's story can't be expressed strongly enough.
Learn to use dialogue to show the reader what is happening without what is called "information dumps" of narrative—or telling. Learn to use dialogue in such a way that the plot—or the scene—is painted clearly, showing the reader instead of telling them. Write dialogue so you won't need to use a dialogue tag each time to tell the reader who is speaking.
It's been a while since I posted a Tipsy Today™ with Rogena on my actual blog. I think I need to get with it. This one is short, but it's a pretty good one.
Do YOU know what mnemonic means?
noun: mnemonic; plural noun: mnemonics
It's something you use to help you remember things...like remembering grammar rules.
Here is one from author Glynda Francis as shared in the Bridge to Story Community group on Facebook. Glynda said she was rummaging through old English grammar & punctuation notes from her college days and found this little gem.
This mnemonic will help you remember when to use affect vs effect.
Vane = V.A.N.E.
V.A. — N.E.
VERB = Affect — NOUN = Effect
Great, right? Now go apply it. Do you have any mnemonics that you use? Share them in a comment.
No... I didn't ask which came first—the chicken or the egg.
As an editor, I'll be honest... I tend to change till to until most of the time. And I'm not alone.
ABC . . . 1, 2, 3 — There's a song like that, right?
When hiring an editor, please find one who can punctuate dialogue correctly. It's so important. I understand it's hard to know if your editor is punctuating correctly if you don't know how, either. If necessary, ask a proven editor to look at your edited book. Some might charge a small fee to do a sample edit and an editing review. In the end, it could be well worth a few dollars to find out if you are paying someone knowledgeable in most (if not all) things grammar.
Let's look at a couple of examples.
A great place to find a good book is by joining Facebook groups where authors promote their new releases.
Marketing and promotion can be tiring and time-consuming. There really isn't an easy way when an independent author is trying to spread the word about their upcoming book. I know as I try to promote my line of journals. Something that isn't any less time-consuming but does seem to help is to join Facebook groups where they allow book promotion.
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