Dialogue. It’s killing me.

by Lisa Sledge


And what do we do when we’re stuck in our writing? First we eat a lot of chocolate-double-fudge-brownie ice cream with a dollop of peanut butter on top. Then we look for inspiration.


This time I had my “sloppy writing intervention party” with  The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing. (Shout out to my fabulous WIFYR writing buddy, Elizabeth Chappell, for recommending a book that is saving both my WIP and my sanity!) It gave me ideas for how to write in silence into conversations in a variety of ways beyond saying, “He was silent”, reminded me that dialogue needs a creative life of its own, and showed me subtle ways to incorporate details from the world of the novel in order to keep the reader grounded. It was exactly what I needed.


What are your favorite books or resources to turn to when your writing goes flat? Who or what do you look to for inspiration?

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