Have you ever had two conversations going on at the same time? One surface. One just below. That’s subtext. When done effectively, subtext adds depth with a sparkle to your dialogue, making it dazzle. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting
I’m setting the stage to explain why I posted what I posted on Facebook during the Super Bowl. Last time, I discussed spiritual gifts and the word of knowledge. This time, I’ll discuss prophecy. It isn’t Bible or End Times prophecy. It’s God speaking. Any New Testament Christian can prophesy. (I Corinthians 14:31) Click to Tweet #GodsSpecialEffects #SpiritualGifts #SuperBowl2018
A prophecy given usually connotes a future event. When I began to stir up my gifts (as we are encouraged to do, see II Timothy 1:6), I used to “practice” hearing from God by watching a sports event…a baseball game, a football game, etc. Because I could see results of my practice quickly. I would ask the Lord about a batter. Will he get a hit, or make an out? Will this football team’s drive result in a touchdown, or will they have to punt? I’d see results quite quickly.
Change it up. Do something different. Be true to the POV character and who they are interacting with. Sometimes, life hits us with the unexpected. Put that in your dialogue. At times, something comes out of left field. We’ve never thought of it that way before. Insert these techniques into your dialogue to make the characters’ conversations sizzle, sparkle, and shine. Dazzle your readers with blazing exchanges. Click to Tweet #DazzlingDialogue #amwriting
The character’s vocabulary should be unique to each one. What kind of expressions do they use? Do they have an accent? Are there “favorite” words they like to use? Their syntax. All these things come together to create dazzling and sparkling dialogue. Click to Tweet #dazzlingdialogue #amwriting
Sometimes, you just have to say, “No.” As I get older, I’ve noticed that I need downtime in the midst of my ‘busy.’ Even if I’m attending a conference, I’ll choose to not attend a session or two––just to get a break. It helps. #findingtimeinthebusy #caringforothers
So, you think you want to write a romance? It’s a great genre. We all love fairy tales where the prince and the princess live happily ever after, right? That’s probably where romance got its start. A story with a happy ending, where guy meets girl. They get together. Live happy. Click to Tweet #amwriting #romancewriting101