How to write better character dialogue

https://youtu.be/3WRLeglohbg Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk about quick ways to improve character dialogue. I'll keep this short and sweet so you can be well on your way to editing that manuscript. Understand the purpose of the scene. Each scene should change the direction of the story, reveal something new about a character or …

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Write With Me!

https://youtu.be/GGGd9GIOdpg Write with me! Choose from my list of prompts, or work on a project of your own, as we work together for the next hour. Sometimes we need some motivation and someone to hold us accountable as we try to be consistent with our work. Ready to write? Welcome, stranger! My name is Allyson. …

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The Blue Moonberry Wolf and the Wicked Child

This is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood I wrote for my public relations class from the wolf's perspective. Enjoy! -Allyson (the wicked child) Once upon a time, there lived a beautiful wolf named Wolfgang. He lived deep in the far-away forest where the foothills shimmered with emerald blades of grass while babbling brooks …

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A Different Kind of Dream Catcher

I sleep with a voice recorder, a pen, and a slew of chewed up notebooks by my bed. I also sleep with a light on. I have nightmares. They vary in subject matter, intensity, plot, whether they succeed in their aim to terrify, but they're relentless. Sometimes I snap into reality, falsely thinking I'm awake, …

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“Why did you ever think dead girls could fly?” | Fragments of Unsent Letters

A word, a line, a few sentences, a thought that gave me pause... here are pieces of letters I wrote (and other bits and bobs scribbled on loose leaf paper, mostly at 3 a.m) that for one reason or another fell on the cutting room floor. Well, mostly because a lot of it is depressing …

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The College Essay I Would Write Now

I wrote my college essay the spring of my junior year of high school. My college advisor took one look at my first draft and told me to write something else. My first draft was about my anorexia and depression. More specifically, it was about the dehumanizing recovery process in the hospital. I described being …

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I dug up my old writing and published it because I was afraid to.

This is a gem from the early days of Stories for Strangers. I wrote this at 18-years-old during my first few months of college and published it May 5, 2015. I removed the post when my blog began to receive traffic. I felt embarrassed--partly because the prose was so bad but also because the thought …

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