Tips on How to Write Natural Dialogue

Happy Easter everyone!

The article, “Speaking of Dialogue” by Robert J. Sawyer, does a nice job of showing how to balance natural sounding conversations with readability.  Sawyer also gives one or two examples of how dialogue differs between screen plays, novels, and short stories and shares an exercise to help writers improve their skills in writing dialogue.

I hope you find his article as insightful as I did!

Read “Speaking of Dialogue” here:


Writing Prompt for March 19th: “Spring and Easter Poetry”

Hello everyone and happy Easter!

It is almost spring and they are predicting snow on Sunday in Central Pennsylvania.  I think that is very rude of them.  Nevertheless, signs of new life are everywhere: the birds are back, the squirrels are awake, and flowers are starting to bloom.

Your writing prompt for the next two weeks is to write a poem about spring and/or Easter.  I have included two sample poems below:

Poem #1:

Bunnies are cuddly

The large and the small

But I like chocolate ones

The best of them all.

– Author Unknown

Poem #2:

See the land, her Easter keeping,

Rises as her Maker rose.

Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,

Burst at last from winter snows.

Earth with heaven above rejoices;

Fields and gardens hail the spring;

Shaughs and woodlands ring with voices,

While the wild birds build and sing.

You, to whom your Maker granted

Powers to those sweet birds unknown,

Use the craft by God implanted;

Use the reason not your own.

Here, while heaven and earth rejoices,

Each his Easter tribute bring-

Work of fingers, chant of voices,

Like the birds who build and sing.

– Charles Kingsley (“Easter Week”)

Remember, these poems are just examples to get you thinking.  Write any length or style of poem you want.

Happy writing!


How to Sell More Books

Not only does the article “How to Support Your Favorite Indie Authors (It’s Easier Than You Think)” have good advice for how you can help your favorite authors sell books, but, with the help of friends and devoted readers, you can apply the strategies listed in the article to your own books.  I know I plan on doing this.  I wish you all good luck and much success!

Writing Prompt for March 5th: “Green Eggs and Ham” Word Count Challenge

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, I am reposting this picture, which I got off of Dr. Seuss’s author page on Facebook (

Your writing challenge for the next two weeks is to try to write a book or story using 50 words or fewer.

Remember, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer [your story] in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (altered)

Happy writing!