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The Use of “Said”

I really like this post by Melissa Eskue Ousley regarding the use (and potential overuse) of said as a dialog tag. I am firmly in the camp of those who believe that dialog tags should typically be small and unobtrusive. Yes, said may be boring, but it's very much...

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Love this article. Great reminder about the ways and reasons to control the pace of your story. I especially like her comments about big words slowing a scene (lol) and the use of staccato dialog in fast scenes. I rarely write long monologues, but its worth...

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Book Three

I am pleased to announce that the third book in my Bobby Ether series, Bobby Ether and the Great Sphinx, is now in the publication process. Cover art and copy text are being created while I work on a final draft to send off for line editing. I expect the process to be...

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Why Your Writing Process ROCKS!

Below is a fantastic article about the writing process and why no single piece of advice, no matter who provides it, is ever perfect. The bottom line of the article is that we are all different, and what works for someone else may not work for you. By all means,...

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A Word About Dialog

Here's an interesting article about writing dialog. I'm not sure I agree that 'dialog is action,' but I definitely think dialog should be succinct (Nothing like real conversations!) and ideally work on multiple levels at the same time (Advancing plot, developing...

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What To Do With Your Deleted Scenes

About a week ago, I submitted an old post I'd written back in 2013 to BookDaily.com for consideration to be shared with their community of readers. Today I woke up to the wonderful news that my article is being featured in today's Author Update newsletter. I've also...

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Four Aspects of Good Storytelling

I really enjoyed this post by Patrick Brown. The only thing I would add is that the quality of the writing matters, which, to me, is not the same thing as style or editing. You can write in a very clear style (humorous, dark, witty, etc.) and be bad at it. Likewise, a...

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How to Create Conflict In Your Novel

I wish the following article focused more on how to build conflict in the story at large, rather than just in dialog. I don't necessarily agree with the sentiment that there should be conflict on every page. Sometimes, you need a transition scene, or a cooling off...

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What Exactly Does Being A “Successful” Author Mean?

I love this post by Christina M. Abt. I feel exactly the same way about my Bobby Ether series. All writers should define for themselves what success means to them and not rely solely on the measures of fame and fortune. Never discount the impact that your book can...

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Character

Below is an interesting article about Creating Authentic Characters written by Sherman Smith. As with previous articles I've reposted in the past, I enjoyed the message and want to offer a few observations of my own a well. When it comes to creating characters, I was...

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About Me

Scott Boyer grew up in Santa Monica, CA and still resides in the Los Angeles area. Graduating from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 1996, he started writing Bobby Ether And The Academy with the goal of blending YA fantasy with spiritual fiction. Nowadays, Scott splits his time between helping his father manage an insurance brokerage, playing with his Shepherd-mix rescue dog Patch, and writing other adventures in the Bobby Ether series.
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