February 4, 2015

★¸¸.•¨¯`•. ★TOUR THROUGH BLOGLAND ★¸¸.•¨¯`•. ★

I was nominated to participate by

M. C. V. Egan 

an awesome lady author who helps other authors to promote their works.   

Thank you, Catalina!

Tour Through Blogland  I am delighted to participate on sharing my creative process as well as learning from others.

The rules for this project

  1. Pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers.
  2. Give them the rules and a specific Monday to post.
  3. Answer 4 questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do.
  4. The last part of Tour Through Blogland is to write a one-time article which is to be posted on a Monday (the date supplied by your nominator). This article can be in the same post in which you answered the 4 questions. The article can be anything of your choosing. BLOGLAND USUALLY POSTS ON MONDAYS but ~ My guests will be posting on Monday or Wednesday  due to previous commitments.



The date supplied by my nominator is Wednesday February 11th and today I am doing my intro for my nominees.  Their Creative Answers will be posted on FEBRUARY 18th 2015

My nominees are posting on Monday February 16th   I am posting their creative answers on 11th February.
                              SO DRUMROLL PLEASE FOR 

 Flossie Benton Rogers http://flossiebentonrogers.com/blog/

Reyna Hawk   http://www.author-reynahawk.com

M J Austin    http://mjaustinbooks.com/

Creative process ideas - Tips for great dialogue

Be indirect. Characters don’t always need to respond to each other, they don’t always have to say exactly what’s on their minds and they should never repeat what the other characters in the scene already know.
Show, Don't Tell. Remember that dialogue is part of the action of fiction. Dialogue doesn't tell the readers about the characters, it shows who characters are.
Tension. If the author wants  to fire up the emotion in dialogue, then he/she needs to create tension. Two characters talking in  perfect agreement becomes boring; two characters arguing or trying to win a verbal spar is more interesting. As one character explains, have another doubt what he’s hearing. It’ll create tension and make readers interested to see the reconciliation.
Vary Forms. Dialogue can occur in thoughts, as when a character remembers or imagines conversation. And dialogue can be presented in letter, in diaries, as telephone conversations, voice messages, even as emails or texts.
Dialogue is the strongest form of characterization. Use speech patterns, stutters, slurs, screams, whispers, catch phrases, monosyllabic word choices, evil words, funny words.

Keep dialogue tags simple. “She said” is perfectly fine. Don’t try to convey meaning in a dialogue tag by writing “She said, sadly.” Make your dialogue convey the character’s sadness. Also, you don’t need to say “he/she said” with every sentence of dialogue if it’s clear to the reader who is speaking.


  1. Wow, what a great post, Carmen! So helpful. I am making a copy for my editing notebook. I was especially struck by the line: "Dialogue doesn't tell the readers about the characters, it shows who characters are." Thanks also for including me in this fun project.

    1. I ma glad you find it useful.
      Thank you for accepting to be part of it!XOXO

  2. Great approach, sometimes we all need to be reminded of the basics, I too am saving this one!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Catalina and for inviting me!

  3. Great post, Carmen, with wonderful information. I know that I frequently have to reign myself in when it comes to dialogue tags that go beyond "she said." I catch a lot on edits but it helps to be reminded of good writing practices up front from time to time. Thanks for sharing!

    1. We keep learning all the time, don't we?
      Thanks for stopping by!


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