Dialogue Tags

  There is a quote floating around the internet which says authors should only ever use the dialogue tag “said”, the thinking being that adding in something else interferes with the reader’s experience of the writing. They’re wrong, and here’s why. When you speak to someone on the phone or in person you have various … More Dialogue Tags

Inventing Words

The invention of words is a tricky business in the creation of fantasy and science fiction. After all, if you give people a dozen new words to learn, they’ll quickly be overwhelmed, irritated, or both. That in mind, there’s a trick that most have seen but many misuse: You can borrow words in the common … More Inventing Words