All posts by Steve Mathisen

I am a retired man who is a husband, father and grandfather. I love Jesus and try to follow Him. I fail at that regularly. He keeps picking me up, dusting me off and encouraging me to follow Him. I am going to keep doing that until I die. In the meantime, I edit for others and try to write. :)

Keep it Simple: Keys to Realistic Dialogue (Part I)

Cris Freese shares with us (via Writer’s Digest) some rules for keeping dialogue simple and realistic. It may not meet all the rules of grammar, but it does accurately reflect the things that people actually say.

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https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/keep-it-simple-keys-to-realistic-dialogue-part-i

Begin from the Middle: How to Start Your Story In Medias Res

By starting a story in the midst of action, writers can hook readers with a literary technique as old as the Greek epics—in medias res. Paul Buchanan explains how.

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https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/writing-fiction-online-editor/begin-from-the-middle-how-to-start-your-story-in-medias-res

How to Write More in the Time You Have

From Writer’s Digest: The key to achieving those New Year’s writing resolutions—or any writing goals, for that matter—is to make the most of the time you have. Student writer J.J. Hanna explains how to build productive writing habits and improve your time management.

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https://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/how-to-write-more-time-management-productive-writing-habits