My Special Hot Chocolate

Start with your favorite hot chocolate mix or a real good one quality one. I prefer Stephens Mint Truffle, but any favor will work. You have the water real hot when mix it, then add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream. It makes it so creamy. 

I use this is Letting Love Win and in Past to Die For 
I imagine it will probably appear more in the future.

Kindness is like a boomerang - It always comes back. Unknown
Hint for the week:
Find a support group. 

Writing can be a lonely, frustrating business with many 
challenges to wade through.
I have been very fortunate to belong to a great chapter of RWA.

We have some wonderful writers have been willing to help and teach me.
I can't be more grateful for them.
In turn, I hope you be willing to help and do what you can support

 and make others successful. I don't believe it will ever hurt your success 
to help anyone else reach theirs.
You will meet those who are out for just themselves, but I think for the most part, writers try to help each other, at least that has been my experience.
Thank you to my many mentors.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. 
Dalai Lama
Dialogue is very important to your story. You use it to:

* Show character
* Reveal information
* Move the story forward
* Increase tension

Show character - A character is more than just a flat person. It is who the person is inside. Their hopes and dreams, goals and moral code. All of that comes out in how they speak. People from the same area may have similarities, but they will also have differences. Men and women speak differently also. Think of that when writing a character.

A great way to show differences in characters is giving them a speech flaw or oddity. I suggest you don't do it with everyone, you'd overload your reader. But you can have one person who speaks shorter, clipped sentences and another a touch more rambling.

In Beauty and the Chief, the book I'm releasing next month, I have a character that refers to my heroine with flower names. The funny thing is, it wasn't planned, she did it herself when I was writing her.

Reveal Information - Dialogue is a great way to let us know something without telling us. We can learn things as our characters do. Just make sure you keep it natural so it doesn't feel like an information dump. Don't force the conversation to get the info out there.

Move the story forward - Remember every scene should move your story along its path. Don't add fluff scenes just for word count or to ramble, unless you have a character that rambles and even then there needs to be a point to it.

Increase tension - We can learn a lot about what going on by the way character talks and acts. Short phrases quicken the feel of a scene where as longer sentences slow down the mood. that kind of goes into pacing, which we'll save for another day.

These are just a few things to think about. Good Writing.
Alysia S. Knight - Heroes for all times


Wanted to announce. I will be signing at Weller Book Work.

If you're in the area please drop in and say Hi! I will be doing a reading at 4:00

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