Writing Blog Roundup: dialogue tags, avoid procrastination, two pages, idiot characters, hero’s journey

working with dialogue tags
working with dialogue tags

What I read this week in writing blogs:

  • Help with dialogue tags. What about “he said”/”she said”—do you need them?
  • Ten tips to help you avoid procrastination.  A couple of weeks ago I talked about this distracting world we live in and how procrastinating has been refined into an art form of sorts.
  • Two pages a day. Back in the late 1990s, before I had published my first novel, I had pocketful of literary aspirations and a heart full of dreams.
  • Don’t let your characters act like idiots. The other day I watched a thriller, and was enjoying it. Until the last act.
  • Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey is a pattern of narrative identified by the American scholar Joseph Campbell that appears in drama, storytelling, myth, religious ritual, and psychological development.