CWM: #17 — Characters with similar names

A lot of writers—myself included—have characters with similar names. For one novel, I found about seven names that all started with the letter j. While we get these names right because we know the characters well, readers, who are learning them, might mix them up. Changing character names is hard though. We spend a lot … More CWM: #17 — Characters with similar names

To lay or to lie?

Lay, lie, laying, lain, etc. always get mixed up. It’s hard to keep them straight. So, I’m going to break them down with some examples that’ll hopefully clear everything up. Lay To lay means to put or set something down. The character has a thing in their hand and places it somewhere. Remember that an … More To lay or to lie?

CWM: #13 — Dialogue tags vs. action beats

Dialogue tags can be tricky. But they’re easy to understand after knowing the difference between them and action beats. Dialogue tags show who’s speaking and how they’re speaking. These can include but are not limited to: Dialogue tags are formatted with a comma before the ending quotation, and a period goes after the tag. For … More CWM: #13 — Dialogue tags vs. action beats