Archives for : August2019

Dialogue That Delights

Janet Burroway’s Writing Fiction lists many great tips on writing dialogue. I’m sharing some of them on the Wisconsin Romance Writer’s blog at this link.

Minimum Wage Magic-A Goodreads Review

Opal Yong-ae, a graduate-mage whose spells backfire more often than work, owes the wrong people. She has to find money fast, so she becomes a cleaner, a person who bids on and then empties out foreclosed apartments. The job’s like Storage Wars with magic in the mix. In the past, Opal’s landed lucrative digs; however, in recent months her luck has changed. It’s like she’s cursed. Her most recent bid lands her a sub-basement apartment along with its last tenant—a dead wizard. The mysterious spell-working he’s left behind is different, and possibly priceless. Trouble is the esoteric magic caused his death and will likely take Opal’s life as well. Not that it will explode or anything, but a bunch of bad corporations-slash-villains want it. She should turn it over to city authorities, but she needs the money, so Opal teams up with a spunky AI, and Nickola Kos, a rival cleaner working off his own troubled past. Together, they dodge bullets, cyber-enhanced mercenaries, crackpot wizards, and over-controlling dragons in the Detroit Free Zone, which readers can think of a cyberpunk Wild West with magic, spirits and fantastic creatures.

I loved how complex the characters were, and the crazy twists the plot took, but my favorite part of this story was the world building. I bought this book on through an Audible sale and it was so good, I paid full price for the sequel.

If you like urban fantasy, I’m betting you’ll like this book as much as I did.

WisRwa’s Second Annual Afternoon Tea

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of telling you how fun it was to talk writing with friends, I’llb just share a few photos.

Kristin Bayer, Joanna Jelen and Linda Olson
Carla Luna Cullen and Jennifer Rupp
Carla and all the awesome treats
Vicki Hinshaw, Laura Vietmeyer and Jennifer Rupp
Kristin Bayer
Tricia Penske Quinnes
Laura Vietmeyer, Brenda Davis, Jennifer Rupp and Cathleen DeLong

Other Than @ Red Carpet Fiction

I’m pleased to say Other Than will be part of the Red Carpet Fiction’s August Event. You can take part by following this link–

Writing Tip: Make Dialogue Active

photo by Dustin Lee on unsplash

Currently, I’m attending university in pursuit of M.A. in English, but even before I started the program, I’ve studied writing craft book in hopes of becoming a better writer. And because Facebook is a place where people post events, opinions and things that interest them, I thought I’d share writing tips I come across in my studies in hopes you’ll find them helpful.

Most readers want a story that moves, that has action, so one of the keys to crafting effective dialogue is to make sure it isn’t stagnant, that it has the possibility of affecting the characters and the plot.

“Dialogue is action when it contains the possibility of change…
If in doubt, ask yourself: Can this conversation between characters really change anything? There needs to be an opportunity for change” (Burroway 47).

Works Cited
Burroway, Janet, et al. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft. University of Chicago Press, 2019.