Only speech-Attributions, he said.

The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.


What’s Style & How to use it

Style: the way a writer uses language aspects such as tone, prose, vocabulary, grammar, rhythm and syntax. Style is the way in which messages are worded. Each person thinks in his own personal way and speaks in his own personal way. Therefore, every writer will develop his own style of writing.

The secrets of writing thoughts.

we won’t really know him, unless you let us inside.

You show the inner world of your character by telling the reader his thoughts, emotions, attitudes, fears, longings, neuroses, drives and compulsions. There are two kinds of thought your character has: (1) thoughts about events that have occurred and (2) peripheral thoughts.


Setting: how to set the stage for your scene

The beginning of a scene should lay out the characters, their relationship, the environment and the basic conflict. A common mistake is to feel the need to establish all the information at the top of the scene. Let the exposition happen naturally. Let the readers discover who and where everybody is and what their relationships are. That’s half the fun.


Viewpoints and Switching between them

Omniscient is the all-knowing narration, mentioning what this or that character is thinking or feeling any time the author pleases. Characters are kept at an arm-length and equal. The reader finds it harder to identify with one character and to get involved. Thankfully we have many viewpoints to choose from. Readers can live the adventures along with the characters by hitching a ride on their shoulder or even from within their minds.