Fiction Writing help: How Do I Write Great Dialogue?

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I love writing dialogue! The characters speak and I take dictation. At least, that's how it feels to me. Here is a snippet of dialogue from my work in progress, They All Died Smiling. Kassidy, a writer/demon hunter, talks with her friend Floyd:

While finishing an assignment for the paper, I dialed my phone. “Floyd, I’m borrowing your studio for a half hour this afternoon, OK? Thanks. I appreciate it.”

“Uh…you’re welcome. Thanks for asking ahead of time.” I heard the smile in his voice and imagined him brushing a stray lock of blond hair out of those eyes that look like the sea.

“My pleasure. You won’t be in the throes of artistic fervor this afternoon. You will be at the gallery for your viewing.”

“You truly are a mess, Kass. It’s a showing, not a viewing. A viewing is what they do for dead bodies.”

Floyd was a good verbal sparring partner; I let him tease me in honor of our first meeting. I made that faux pas for real when interviewing him for a story about green pottery. Having come right from a wake to the gallery, I accidentally used the wrong word.

“Floyd, just the reception room, not the part full of your cherished creations. And I promise to make it up to you.”

“Ooh, that should be fun. I’ll hold you to it. You owe me big time for using my space.”

“Yes, I do.” My face flushed. “Sell lots of pots.”

“It’s a good thing you put an s on that.”

So many authors I know struggle with dialogue. Maybe I as a blind person have a distinct advantage over you sighted people, because I pay so mush attention to what I hear.

What's at the Root of Dialogue Problems?

My observations tell me that problems with dialogue come from 2 main issues with writing dialogue:

Dialogue Problems

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FREE 20 Minute MiniClass: KDP Kindle Authors – How & WHY Kindle Pre-Orders Can…

FREE 20 Minute MiniClass: KDP Kindle Authors - How & WHY Kindle Pre-Orders Can Help You Sell More Books

Until last week, you couldn't offer pre-orders of your upcoming Kindle books. Now you can! Learn how tomake the most of this opportunity during this free miniclass.

It's LIVE right here, on the event page, Google+ and YouTube. And of course, that means it's recorded for your future education as well.

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Book Marketing Help: How Can I Make the Most of A Speaking Engagement?

Book Marketing Help: How Can I Make the Most of A Speaking Engagement?

An author friend of mine named Deborah excitedly told me she has been asked to speak to a group of her target audience..

She told me she will be able to sell books, but I asked her an important question that got her thinking, especially because right now she has her consulting business and a book, but nothing between..

There's more to being a prosperous author than selling more books. Sure, book marketing is important, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.

Image: #AuthorProfitTip Record every event. It can become a product.


Chances are good that you may not have thought of this important source of additional income around your book.

What profitable question  did I ask Deborah?

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Writing a Book: Your Book is a Door

"If your business is a house, your book is a door."

 -- Ronda Del Boccio in Instant Author Formula

So many business owners who are thinking of writing a book get all in a twist about it, making it harder than it needs to be.

First and foremost, yes, you want to write a GOOD book...but that doesn't mean long.


When you have a simple recipe, you can become thet author of a book upon which you will feel proud to see your name with very little effort.

Here is a review of the book Instant Author Formula: 6 Simple Ways to Write a Book Fast.

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Got clarity that I don't have to wait to write the Ultimate Guide to Starting a Home Business; write a series instead!" March 16, 2014

I am going to write a book now after reading "Instant Author Formula". As Ronda says, my book is not my business";

it doesn't have to be the ultimate guide to my business. I need to get off my butt and write solving one problem with one solution with one book.

Writing THE BOOK on how to start a home business was stopping me as I have other priorities in my business. Rondo gave me clarity that I don't have to wait to write the Ultimate Guide to Home Business; I can write a small book helping others start a homebased business and get it out there to help others and then write a series of small books on further challenges in homebased business.

The "butt kicking" in the book as well as the simple templates for creating books quickly has helped me to put a "How-to" edition back on my marketing plan. I loved the analogy that if your business is the house, a book is a door that leads people into your business. Also, there is a great reminder that even a small book can have a great call to action for the reader which  can also lead them into your business.

A huge thank-you to Jane Gardner for this excellent review. She discovered the power of a small book that solves a problem.

Give your reader what they WNAT to buy, not what you think they SHOULD want!

Time for you to give that old "Do It" muscle a workout and become an author. You gain:

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Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

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Author Insights: Interview with Alexi Lawless, Romantic Suspense Author of Complicated Creatures, Part One

Author Insights: Interview with Alexi Lawless, Romantic Suspense Author of Complicated Creatures, Part One

Today you meet novelist Alexi Lawless, who abandoned corporate comforts to take on writing. Her first book, Complicated Creatures, is available now.

I love to get inside the author's mind. Any author is on an adventure, and now you will ride along, so to speak, with Alexi Lawless on HERS.

You'll see the whole interview in a moment, first, check out the book and my review.

Cover of Complicated Creatures, by Alexi LawlessComplicated Creatures

“It’s normal to love a dangerous woman. They know how to wield their power, and they are not  afraid of yours. They make you work for everything you get and it's all the sweeter once you get it…”

What happens when curiosity becomes obsession?

From author Alexi LAWLESS, the first part in a provocative series...

Luck is Jack Roman's middle name— and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious S. Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he's immediately drawn to her, a striking, elusive woman who transitions seamlessly from wood-paneled board rooms to high-stakes, high-risk rescue operations in the most dangerous parts of the world.

Intrigued by her self-possession, aroused by her incredible passion, and disarmed by a vulnerability she cannot hide, Jack pursues her into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past. An entire world is revealed to Jack, where living for pleasure becomes fighting for survival. And the only woman he wants may be the one he cannot have...

COMPLICATED CREATURES is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine romantic suspense that will leave you wondering: Do you really want to know everything about the one you love?

To read an Excerpt, scroll back up to the book cover and click on “Look Inside”.

  • "A Stellar Read!"
  • "Alluring, Suspenseful & Compelling..."
  • "Sharp, Lush and Vivid Writing Style"
  • “Warning!! This Book is Addictive!!”

I  gave it a 5-star review on Amazon.

Here is my review of Complicated Creatures.

A romantic suspense novel with real SUBSTANCE!,June 24, 2014 

I love suspense. I sometimes enjoy romance and sometimes not so much. Depends on whether there's any real emotional depth or not. In this case, there is.

Complicated Creatures excited me, engaged my imagination, and gave me characters with real emotions. Sure, there's some steam, but the characters truly come across as people. They jump off the page. It's unusual to find a first time novelist who writes this well.

I love this book and am excited to read the rest of the series.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

I hope you enjoy this interview. Be sure to pick up the book if it interests you, and share this with your friends.

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How Can Amazon Best Sellers Help Any Author Sell More Books?

 How Can Amazon Best Sellers Help Any Author Sell More Books?

It's often not until after a book is published that an author starts thinking about how to sell more books. Today on the Awakened Author Premium Call,  I helped members look at some things on Amazon to help us all understand what's hot.

I think of market research as a treasure hunt. It's a game that helps me reach more people. Look for the Awakened Author hashtag #AwakenedAuthor for more help and tips for authors.

The best time to start thinking about book marketing is NOW, wherever you are in your process, and the earlier the better! 

Where's the best place to go - Google or Amazon?

Google has its place, but remember this. Google is a SEARCH engine. Amazon is a BUYING engine.

You may start with Google to get an overall idea, but jump quickly to where people put their money where their mouth is - Amazon.

People go to Google to look up stuff. They go to Amazon with an intention to buy. That's why you want to use Amazon for the bulk of your market research.

It's important to know what's selling.

Even if you think you're allergic to marketing, the truth is you touch more people when you sell more books.  Makes sense, right? So get over yourself and relax into the fun of sharing your message with more of the world.

Here's how to see what sells so you can model success. Continue reading "How Can Amazon Best Sellers Help Any Author Sell More Books?"


Adding Locations to Your Stories

Whether you're writing a novel, short story, creative nonfiction piece or something else, including well known places adds life to your tale.

Here's an example from the paranormal suspense novel on which I'm working, They All Died Smiling. Part of the book happens in Chicago, and thus some of the action occurs at places that anyone from the Windy City can recognize.

One scene happens at Lou Mitchell's, in business since 1923.. I have eaten at this landmark, but it has been abo9ut 3 decades since I was last in town.

Why did I choose this location? Because it's real, even if th4e staff and customers appearing in it are figments of my vivid imagination. Using real places brings an immediacy to a tale, even if the reader has never been there.

When you as the author have experienced something, you write about it with a depth of sensory detail that you may miss if you're writing about "some made-up restaurant."

One of the scenes happens in the Chicago subway and I share my real-life experiences of being rocked back on my heels by the wind of an approaching train with my character. Had I never been there, I might not know what it's like to be there. Members of my critique group said they appreciated the sensory details that make the experience come to life for them.

If you know me well, you may be surprised I'm writing a story that takes place here on earth. True, I often create worlds for fantasy stories. Yet even for those, I translate my experiences right here on terra firma to other worlds and realities.

Bestselling author Ruth Weeks said, "You are at an advantage as a blind person, because you focus on more than the visuals, and it comes out in your work."

How will you add real-world places to your stories? Answer in the comments, and feel encouraged to share this posts with your people.

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!


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