Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?

If you struggle with writing dialogue, you’re definitely not alone. As a big part of characterization, dialogue can be the difference between whether a reader loves or hates your characters. Dialogue that’s not broken up by action can be confusing, but too many dialogue tags can bog down your writing. Plus, people tend to talk differently than they write. Should you include slang or speech … Continue reading Writing Realistic Dialogue: How Real is Too Real?

Stop Putting Commas Before Verbs!

My dearest internet writers who have chosen quantity over quality and eschewed the laws of grammar in the name of poorly constructed stream of consciousness sentences, this one is for you. Rather, I suppose, it is meant for you, but it is really and truly for the grammarians and pedants of the world who will read this and agree with it and perhaps even share … Continue reading Stop Putting Commas Before Verbs!

Holiday Survival for the Self-Identifying Loner

The holidays create a certain kind of chaos. November shifts to December and suddenly there is shopping and baking to do, social engagements to attend, family outings to cringe through, projects to complete, and holiday movies to watch. Gone are the hours of excessive reading or writing, gaming or sketching. Christmas for the self-identifying loner is not that easy to enjoy. I know the feeling … Continue reading Holiday Survival for the Self-Identifying Loner

Pokémon Sword and Shield Is the Most Enjoyable Pokémon Game in Years, Battle Me

We’ve all heard it by now. Pokémon: Sword and Shield (SwSh) is a sinking ship bent on an unforgiving watery grave. Well, I’m here to tell you to sit down, put your pitchforks away, and hear me out. Pretty please with a cherubi on top? Most aspects of the game haven’t changed. Like other titles, it follows a young lad or lass whose mission is … Continue reading Pokémon Sword and Shield Is the Most Enjoyable Pokémon Game in Years, Battle Me

‘Joker’ Has Redefined Good Cinema

Is Todd Phillips’ Joker a good movie? At this point, it doesn’t really matter. I wasn’t intending to see Joker, because neither psychological dramas nor superhero movies hold much interest for me. But as it became a cultural phenomenon, I was curious what all the hype was about. What all the controversy was about. Surely one film couldn’t be all that everyone was claiming it … Continue reading ‘Joker’ Has Redefined Good Cinema