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Writer's Rules Revisited #4

I'm heading out to Star Wars Celebration and Dragon*Con next week and wanted to get another installment of these posts elaborating on my "50 rules and tips for writers" out before I left.

This series is all about fleshing out each individual rule and offering myself (as well as other writers) some food for thought on the process of writing.

You can read Part 1 here.
You can read Part 2 here. 
You can read Part 3 here.

These next three all generally have to do with dialogue.

Dialogue is very crucial in prose and screenwriting. And giving characters unique voices is a challenge for any writer, even the best of them. These next three rules in the series are, more than anything, here to make you think differently about dialogue and how it looks on the page and what you can do to make it better.

Sometimes, considering a different perspective is all you need to put you on the right path.

15)Monologues are for the theatre. Break up long stretches of dialogue with actions, reactions,…

Writer's Rules Revisited #3

I'm continuing my series on the "50 Rules and Tips for Writers" that I began a couple of weeks ago. These were 50+ rules and tips I'd collected over the years as a writer. As I think of one or read one in a book, I'll put it down in my notebook and save it for later. I've been collecting this list for well over a decade and it will continue to grow as time goes on. 

This series is all about fleshing out each individual rule and offering myself (as well as other writers) some food for thought on the process of writing.

You can read Part 1 here.
You can read Part 2 here. 
You can read Part 4 here.

These next three words are largely for use during the editing process. You can't obsess about self-editing while you're writing a first draft. Sure, you want that draft to be as clear and concise as possible, and as close to a final as you can get, but you need to focus on putting down each and every word that will allow you to put down the next word and sentence …

Free Books today!

I'm unenrolling a bunch of books from Amazon's KDP Select program so I can make them available on the Nook soon and I still had plenty of promotion days left.

So, for their last hurrah as Amazon exclusives, I thought I'd make them free for today and tomorrow.

If you want them for free, now is the time to grab them.

1) Confessions of an Independent Filmmaker: Part 1 - Missy: I've been working on a series for a while now of my adventures through the film industry. The first part of the series describes my desire and love for film and documents the first film I made. And how I built an entire spaceship in my mom's backyard and how I ended up in Park City showing the film at festivals. (Part 2 covers failed projects and proposals and Part 3 covers my time as a guerilla marketer at Sundance, Part 4 is forthcoming, but documents my adventures dealing with producers and agents in Hollywood as a screenwriter).  But Part 1 is a free taste right now.

2) Letters From Elsewhere:…