How do you write fiction with memorable dialogue?

 You make the dialogue short, simple and to the point. You cross out, delete, or otherwise remove anything that’s extraneous. When you finish, you go back over the dialogue and mentally check that it truly does say what you want your character to say and not one single word more. In other words, your characters …

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How does one begin writing a fantasy novel?

 Fantasy requires building a world that doesn’t exist but must live full-blown and realistic in the mind of the reader. So the first thing a writer of fantasy must do — after creating the story and the characters, of course — is to create the world that the story and characters will live in and …

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How do you develop the ability to ‘show not tell’ as a writer?

First of all, ‘show, don’t tell’ is important. It is. But it’s also a bit oversold to new writers because at some point readers need to know stuff that simply can’t be ‘shown.’   Think about it. If you stopped your action for a flashback to ‘show’ why the protagonist is doing what they are …

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How do I write realistic prehistoric dialogue?

 You don’t. Because you don’t know how prehistoric people spoke or how they sounded. Don’t know accents. Don’t know much of anything about their speech. So you make it up. Figure out how you think they spoke, what their accents were like, whether they talked like professors or peasants. Which is a way of saying …

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What are your techniques to improve writing?

 There are three things most writers would encourage you to do: Read, read, read. Because reading of any kind at all— anything at all — improves your world view and subconsciously teaches you how those writers did what they did. But reading in the genre you wish to write in gives you added insight into …

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Why is there a need of inserting sensory details in a creative literary work? How does it affect the interest or readers in a piece of work?

 Because it personalizes the story. Because most readers have had similar experiences and the evocation of the senses brings back those experiences and makes the story more real, sharper, and more personal. And that’s the goal of every writer. To bring the reader into the story.

In writing fiction, are flashbacks a good or bad way of revealing a main character’s tragic past?

Flashbacks work and are often essential for the reader to understand what’s going on and the actions of the character in question. I learned what I consider to be a better way when writing short stories. Because short stories are short. Every word is important. Can’t waste words on long, involved flashbacks. But a writer …

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As someone born in 1996 how do I write a story set in the late 1970s?

You do a lot of research and then you use your imagination. The 1970s is a recent enough period that many people from that time are still around and in sound mental health. And most of them would love to sit around and talk your ear off about their lives. Which is wonderful because you’ll …

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