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9 Ways to Improve Your Dialogue

From Kristin Lamb’s blog:

“Dialogue is powerful for revealing character. This is as true in life as it is on the page. If people didn’t judge us based on how we speak, then business professionals would bother with Toastmasters, speaking coaches or vocabulary builders. I’d imagine few people who’d hire a brain surgeon who spoke like a rap musician and conversely, it would be tough to enjoy rap music made by an artist who spoke like the curator of an art museum.”

Kristen Lamb's Blog

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Sorry to be away so long. Been a weird couple of weeks getting Spawn ready for the BIG K—Kindergarten. Uniforms and doctors and immunizations and vision/hearing tests (and yes, apparently he CAN hear, he is just ignoring us). I am still unaccustomed to so much quiet. For those who are curious, YES I was going to homeschool, but we found a super cool private school where he is in a class of TEN and he loves it. He was getting lonely and kept asking to go to school so he could be with other kids, so I figured we’d give it a shot. So far so good.

He is now Spawn, The Most Interesting Kid in the World….

The Most Interesting Kid in the World...

Back to writing…

Today we are going to talk about a subject that I don’t think I have ever blogged about. Dialogue. Great dialogue is one of the most vital components of…

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Posted in Authors, Creativity, Finest Bloggers, Writing

Brain Pickings

Every once in awhile you come across a blog or web site that is so fantastic that you want to shout to the roof tops:

“You gotta see this!”

For me that would be Brain Pickings. The name may be a bit off-putting if one is squeamish but, trust me, this blog is filled with all sorts of information and insight by which creative types will be inspired. You gotta see this!!!

Maria Popova
Photograph by Elizabeth Lippmann, New York Times

Maria Popova’s blog “Brain Pickings” fits that description and then some.

She says about her blog:

“The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways. In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate ideas from a wealth of disciplines, to combine and recombine these pieces and build new ideas.”

The articles include information and supporting graphics to creatively communicate ideas and knowledge to the reader. Here’s one about writers and sleep patterns and the impact on literary productivity. Be sure to look at the supporting infographics which help to illustrate how sleep patterns may impact writing over time. Perhaps this might help understand writer’s block?

Posted in Authors, Books, Creativity, Finest Bloggers, Learning

Flashbacks – Good or Not So Good?

Here’s another article by Kristen Lamb on authoring techniques. The more knowledge one has the more likely author and reader will be on the same page.

From Kristen Lamb’s blog post:

“We have been discussing Deep POV, and yesterday I mentioned hating flashbacks with the power of a thousand suns and promised to explain why next post.

Yay! Here we are.

So you want to be a writer. Okay. I’ll be blunt because that’s my superpower. Check your conscience at the door keyboard. Writers are not civilized humans. In fact, we are the opposite. We are the reptilian brain to the power of a million. We probe and prod and poke the weak places.

Great storytellers are nothing short of sadists. We take a perfectly empathetic/likable person, toss their life in a Vita-Mix and blend, churning that mixture from Level 1-1000.

That is called conflict.
Stories are about people with problems to be solved. Everything else is a travel brochure.

Posted in Children, Creativity, Finest Bloggers, Humor, Life

Parenting Challenges

Another Exellent Moment in Parenting

My kids are raised although there are times I wonder. Molly O’Keefe’s blog for today is one of those “You gotta read this!” blogs. A story of parenting that rings so true with the memories of parenting my own brood.

Parenting can sometimes feel as if one is juggling in the middle of a busy expressway. Every school activity, PTA meeting, doctor appointment and extracurricular activity combined with just living life exhausts to,the point of losing sight of the bigger picture.

As a parent you yearn to do everything perfectly (silly) and hope to shelter your child from the slings and arrows of life for as long as possible. Sometimes, though, it’s imperative to stop the merry-go-round and just live and love and laugh. Someone forgot to tell me.

My Dad

My Dad (image above) who I miss every single day of my life. Dad is playing one of his favorite songs. Later Dad’s great grandson (image below) is serenading the family during the same family gathering. He’s majoring in play these days so only time will tell if he will be musical.

My Grand Nephew


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Top 10 Signs Your “Too Be Read” Pile Needs Pruning

I read this on Bloglovin' and found it quite helpful. My “Too Be Read” (TBR) Pile is unwieldy at best. I need to stay away from and read the books piling up on my iPad. I currently have a hefty pile of borrowed books from my local library. I will read every last one of them although it may not be in this lifetime.

Anyway, reading tips like this need to shared with all bookworms to alleviate guilt brought on by the knowledge they may be a book addict/hoarder.