how to write more

David G O'Sullivan

To write you must make time for it. Set aside a specific time of the day, make sure you show up, and be sure to put your fingers on the key board. It sounds simple, right? It is a lot harder than it sounds.

First, make sure you have a designated area for writing. Somewhere quiet and free from distractions. I do not like cafes, I do not like writing on the bus going to work. This might work for you, but for best results, I recommend you set up a writing space, have your desk clear, avoid looking at youtube and face the empty page. Breathe. Write carefully, aim for a target amount of words and keep to it. Training to write well is the same as achieving any goal. Be there every day, put the hours in and clear your mind of distractions.
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How to create dialogue

David G O'Sullivan

To create dialogue effectively you must be a great listener. Listen to people speak, listen to how things sound when spoken. You must however, also walk that line of making sure what you have written makes sense to the reader.

Dialogue helps the reader understand the plot, characters and atmosphere. It is necessary to allow the story to progress. It is a great tool to allow the reader into the life of the characters, to understand them to a much deeper degree. It also breaks up the monotony of description in a story.

I believe one of the most effective tools to use when writing dialogue is to read it aloud to yourself once you have created it. If it does not sound like something people would actually say in the situation they are in, then you should consider a careful edit. I have spoken to writers while making suggestions…

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