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3D Dialogue with Action Tags and Beats

Creating rich dialogue requires a variety of tools. Action tags and beats turn dialogue from a flat exchange into a multi-sensory experience. They incorporate the wide range of human communication by allowing for nonverbal cues, sensory detail, and indirect characterization during a verbal exchange. Action Tags Often defining a tool is easier when you point out its context. An action tag belongs to the tool group of dialogue tags. Dialogue tags are used to supply necessary information about the line

Note Card Plotting: Unwrapped

One of the more recognizable plotting methods out there is Note card Plotting. The idea of physically carrying and rearranging ideas appeals especially well to hands-on or visual writers, though the specifics of the method vary. Note Card Plotting General Method: Isolate and collect ideas to visually organize. Materials Needed: Note cards, Pen, Space With this general method in mind, get creative. The quick summary above identifies the three benefits to using a note card method. First, writing ideas separately

Writing Diverse Characters: It Takes All Kinds

Characters are a part of their author. They come from just a spark of thought, an original spin on a deep-seated fear, or a half-recalled image of their childhood. Certain character types can appear frequently for authors, not just as a habit but also as a function of their time and place. Jane Austin is an example, with her very similar heroines and repeated character tropes. It would seem natural to have characters similar to the author, but in these

4 Benefits to Experimenting with Short Stories

All writing exercises should get you writing. They should get the pen to paper, the pencil to pad, or the keys clacking. Essentially, there should be no exercise that proposes to solve the writer’s problem without making them do their own writing. As a result, there should always be an abundance of bits and pieces around. This isn’t a bad thing! One exercise that tends to generate a whole lot of extraneous material is the short story experiment. As a

Breaking the Script

People go through much of their lives on autopilot, and the programming for everyday life is in social scripts. These ever-present outlines for action are present in story too, though they make up the unwritten world between the lines of the narrative. These expected, and often overlooked, patterns of behavior enlighten creative work when this tool is explored and used to experiment. Consider the scripts observed by social scientists as the strongest weapon of subtle tone control. Definition/Theory Social scripts

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