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My First Blog Post

Plans? I think not.

Hello, my name is Liz. I’m a 21 year-old girl who has a dream of being an author. My life usually revolves around anything that has to do with writing, and I would love to share it with you.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

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Tailwind

It’s the ultimate platform for growing your Pinterest traffic.


Here’s why.

There may be an affiliated link below. At no additional cost, if you purchase something from the link it will help me earn a small commission.

Tailwind essentially is a platform that helps you pin your pins basically on auto pilot, while growing a group of people in your niche together as well.

With this link, it will give you a month free trail to build your account and see how you like it! I did the same thing with Tailwind and I absolutely LOVED it.

Tribes


Tribes, which they have in ALL niches and all different types of things, not just about blogs, but also affiliates and making friends in general.

Tribes are seriously a pinners best friend because everyone is super supportive and are all there for the same reason: to grow.

Smart Loop


Tailwind also has this super cool thing called Smart Loop. This is the auto pilot thing that really takes pinning to the next level.

Not only does it pin your pins for you, but you can set up different times, different intervals, and how long you want them to be pinned.

There’s no limit on how many you pins you want on the Smart Loop, and I highly recommend putting quite a bit of pins on there so it doesn’t loop the same pins.

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Tailwind goes through quite a bit of tutorials with the website so you don’t go to the website without having an idea about where you’re going or what you’re doing.

At the end of the tribe tutorial, they will give you a link that will help jumpstart a tribe that you may want to create, or just to refer someone to Tailwind, kind of like what I’m doing today.


Overall, Tailwind is a super awesome platform to build traffic, meet such nice pinners like yourself, and so much more. I wouldn’t recommend just anything to you guys.

Tailwind seriously has helped my Pinterest traffic, even with my blog being so new, so just the second month in, I have over 12.8k impressions, which isn’t a lot at all. But without Tailwind, I definitely wouldn’t have that many.

But with that, I’ll wrap things up with a huge thank you to everyone who read this, and an even bigger thank you to those who could potentially click on the link and help keep this blog alive.

I’ll talk to you guys soon, bye! ❤

Top 10 Favorite Movies of October

Well, it’s a surprise that I’m doing a favorite movie list when I’m supposed to be writing, but here we are.

All of you guys don’t know that I’m actually in the process of moving from an apartment to a house, so I don’t have time to write like I normally do, so what better way to keep my in a writing mood than to watch my feelings instead of reading them?

So here’s a top 10 list, probably containing mostly romance movies because honestly, romance is my life.

Also, this is in no particular order because all of these movies are super good and I suggest watching ALL of them!

ALSO there may be spoilers, if you want already saw them, then scroll past the list, and you’ll see my thoughts on then below!

  • Eli
  • Fractured
  • After
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • The Kissing Booth
  • Persona
  • SPF-18
  • Tall Girl
  • You Get Me
  • The Perfect Date

So like 70% is romance. Honestly, I thought it was going to be more, but I guess I changed it up for Halloween.

So here are the possible spoilers and my thoughts on these movies!

Eli

So this moved messed me up, especially the ending. Honestly, I didn’t expect the ghosts to be helping all this time, and I was really confused about what the actual hell was going on. Was Eli the devil???

If someone knows, please explain because I’m still lost even after watching it all the way through.

Fractured

THIS MOVIE IS NOT OKAY.

Listen, I was so messed up after watching this movie. I watched it a day after Eli, so this may have messed up Eli for me because I was still recovering.

Okay, let me break this down. Ray is (excuse my language) FUCKED UP. Like, killed his own family messed up.

I honestly knew it was coming when I started watching it, but I kept trying to fool myself into thinking that it wasn’t true. The movie developed in ways that kept changing my mind about how I felt. Ultimately, I just KNEW it would end the way it did.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please go watch it right now!

After

Ah, a typical love story that develops with a bad boy and a good girl falling in love, but listen, the guy is British.

The end.

But for real, this movie came from a very famous book, which I’m sure all of you guys have heard of, from Wattpad.

If you haven’t read the book, I believe it’s still on Wattpad and I really suggest you go read it!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


This movie still gets to me even though I’ve seen it well over a thousand times.

I think one of my favorite things about it are the sibling interactions. It reminds me so much if how me and my sister interact with each other and it maes it more entertaining to watch.

And Noah Centineo can get it, honestly. I’m not one fangirl so hard at things or people, but his acting is SO GOOD. I’m ashamed by how much I melt every time I see a movie with him in it.

The Kissing Booth


This movie is a weird one for me. I didn’t like the plot or how it ended so much as the other movies but hear me out.

The side characters, the different elements of the story (i.e the best friend rules, and actual uses of them in the movie) got me to stay, and I ended up crying when Lee found out about the relationship.

Also, the many uses of the phrase, “I couldn’t stop thinking about…” got to me so bad.

But the humor is awesome and I love the character interactions and the love line isn’t that bad, so overall this movie was still too high in my favorites to let it go.

Persona


I’m not sure if I should consider this a movie because Netflix put it as an episode, but it’s super long and there’s only one, so I’m just going with it.

If you guys don’t know about this, IU, who is a solo artist in Korea, is an actress in this and I believe she also helpd develop the story to this. Don’t quote me, but I think she played a big part in this show, movie, thing.

And this is super hard to explain, but realy entertaining to watch so just go check it out for yourself. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

SPF-18


This was a weird one for me. Again. I don’t know, I loved the movie because of the soundtrack, and the actors/actresses, and the interesting way it started.

The only thing that turned me off of the movie were the relationships. More specifically, how they developed. I really feel like they were rushed, and made only to thicken the plot, but I may have missed something.

I still really love everything else about the movie, hence the reason it’s still on this list.

And Noah was there, of course.

Tall Girl


LOVED. I was so conflicted at how it ended because my mind kept going in th gutter. I mean, it may be possible, but how when he’s so small, but she’s large???

Honestly, I don’t want to think about the specifics of what happens behind the scenes, but my mind literally kept going back to it.

Now I sound like a freak.

But for real, this movie was SO nice, but the big, dummy became obsessed with bing the cool kid, but I do love how it ended so I guess everything is fine.

You Get Me


First of all, Ole’ boy messed up big time. Bella Thorne played her character too well, it was almost scary.

The development of this story was great, and the ending kept me on the edge of my seat so it was a nice twist on the usual movies I watch.

The Perfect Date


Again, Noah.

Of course, I knew exactly where this move would end up, with the rebel who didn’t really believe in love. But who cares about the specifics of how it happened?

Maybe you do, so essentially Noah, who plays the main character, takes a girl, the rebel, out to her dance then starts a date app. Not dating, but date app.

Of course, you know how the rest ends.

But GOODNESS this movie got me near the end when Noah says shes dances ugly then goes to dance with her!


Well, that’s the end of this list. I made this in a bit of a rush so I had something to post, but all emotions are true and I really do recommend watching ALL of these because they’re all super good in their own ways.

What makes it better is that they’re all on Netflix!

But anyways, thanks for reading! I’ll see y’all soon.

Bye!

Start Your Blog

Now I’m not a professional in blogging by any means, but I have been blogging for a few months now. I’ve learn countless things just in these months, so I’m here to share some of those things with you.

Before we start, there may be affiliated links here. If you purchase something from said link, I will earn a small commission. There will no additional cost to you, and most of the time it’s at a discount price so you’ll be saving money!

A few resources

I’ve read countless blog posts, articles, reviews, and more about where I should go for starting a blog, and I ended up going with a self hosted WordPress blog.

There are multiple ways to start your blog with many different resources, but I found that having a self hosted website worked best for me, which is why I ended up going that way.

Initially, I did start with Bluehost with the affiliated deal(at $3.95 a month), which wasn’t bad at all! I did save more than what I planned, however you could save even more by just investing your blog to WordPress in the first place considering all you have to do to monetize your blog is to upgrade your plan.

Mind you, this might work different for other people, but like I said, this is what worked best for me.

Here’s what you’ll need to start!

This may take some of you as a surprise, but you DON’T need money to start your blog. You could grab your audience slowly by a free blog then monetize it later by upgrading, but to start out, money is not a necessity.

What I do suggest is getting a binder, and graph paper. A bullet journal also does the job, which I absolutely LOVE, but if you’re starting out and want to plan.

However, if you don’t have the time to decorate, then consider getting something cheaper that you can leave notes and ideas in.

Next thing I would suggest getting is a notebook. This kind of ties in with the binder and graph paper, but a notebook I actually use for references like SEO help, or website references; not blog post ideas or things like that.

Of course, the next thing would be finding your niche, or what your blog is about. For mine, I went with writing/business, but you could also go with traveling, lifestyle, parenting, or even home/decor.

Once you find your niche, then it’s time to put your creativity and imagination to the test. It’s time to create a could posts for your blog.

I usually try to come up with a few ideas and work on one at a time from there. Mainly because I have a full-time job on top of my blog so it’s hard to keep a consistent flow of posts.

So I come up with a few at a time and try to space out the publishing of them within a few days so there’s not much of a break between the posts. 

Now if you’re looking into monetizing your blog, I will give you a few resources on how I potentially make my money. Honestly, I’ve only made 11 cents from ads, but I do have a few affiliated links, so having a new blog won’t stop you from potentially making money. 

Here’s the few affiliates I have at the moment. 

I found that all of these are super helpful when starting a blog, and just because I haven’t made money from them yet doesn’t mean you can’t! 

Next is sharing your blog!

Once you have a few posts set up, then comes the fun part, sharing your blog! The best way to share my posts are Pinterest, mainly with having a business account, and having Tailwind by my side. 

Really quickly, here’s a bit about Tailwind

Tailwind is a Pinterest sharing site, in a nutshell. If you claim your blog on your Pinterest account, this can help you track the traffic and let you join tribes that help share your pins as well as pins in your niche! 

I highly suggest going for Tailwind Plus, only because it gives you real time stats, helps optimize your content, and let’s you pin more then you would be able to with the free version! 

Honestly, this is probably my favorite out if all the links because I’m already so familiar with Pinterest, and had no idea you could monetize anything from it as well!

I also share things within LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr! But you can always pick and choose which platforms you’d share your blog on! 

That’s about it!

I think this is the longest blog post I’ve written, and I feel so accomplished! 

Honestly, this post took me about a month to write because I had NO idea if i was even capable of doing it.

Even though it isn’t much, I still want to put myself out there and tell you guys all about my blog starting process, and let me tell you, it’s all about experience. 

You will NEVER actually learn how to start your blog until you actually DO IT. Reading many different blog posts about all things starting your blog helped me, but I never was able to learn until I did it myself, and I’m so happy I did. 

Because I can finally do something I love. Even though I’m so new to it, this will be around for a long time and I’m excited to have you guys on this journey with me! ☺

With that being said, I hope you enjoyed! Be sure to take a look at my other posts for more inspiration about any and all things writing! 

Okay, bye! 🥰

 

How to Make your Writing More Effective

Welcome!

My name is Liz, and I’m here to help you make your writing more effective. 

As a disclaimer, I will not tell you how to write your book because, news flash, everyone’s writing style is different. I am not going to help you guys write better because I think the only way to get better is to keep writing. 

Instead, I will jot a few tips down to enhance your novel or short story or whatever you’re writing at the moment!

So, without further ado, let’s dive in these tips!

Said is Dead

I’m sure you guys have heard this term before, but it’s still super important to mention again. 

When you start writing dialogue, the first thing you want to write when you can’t think of any anything else is always ‘said’. Don’t even deny, even the best writers do that and that’s totally okay. I always start out that way to get down my ideas then elaborate from there. 

Instead of saying the word ‘said’, try out these synonyms below:

  • Explained
  • Yelled
  • Screamed
  • Exclaimed
  • Announced
  • Answered
  • Replied
  • Inquired

This so a very, very generic list of said. Of course, guides like that are also available on Pinterest and I just so happen to be making a guide to writing as well so a list will be in there. 

Show, Don’t Tell

This is also super important. When reading a book, you don’t like to read, “He fell asleep”. You want to read, “He felt his body relax, and with a clear mind, he let sleep consume his body.”

Or something like that.

One more thing about this part is that this is very situational. For example, when writing in the POV of a child, they may not know the fancy words adults use so they might describe something a bit more obvious than you would. 

So always show how your character is doing the things they do, instead of telling us. We want to know, but in a creative way! If that made any sense. 

Try Different Styles!

I always like to change things up when starting a new story. I’ve really come to learn what works best for me and maybe learn a thing or two on the way about the different styles of writing. 

What I mean by that is: you may not like writing in first person, but third person works for you. It isn’t limited to that, so let your imagination run wild!

Get to Know your Characters

When starting a new story, I always get to know my character, especially the protagonist, because chances are, if you don’t like your protagonist, other people don’t too. 

Nothing ruins a story for me more than a main character I can’t get along with. 

Of course, it may be under different circumstances because that may be part of the plot line or maybe they change later on in the story. 

Regardless, it’s important to get to know your characters so you can close any gaps or plot holes you may come across while writing your story.

What I do to help that is interview my character. I use a generic interview guide to characters, which you can also find on Pinterest, and mentally ask those questions. I keep all the answers in a journal and use them as reference if need be. 

Want to get better? Write!

I cannot stress this enough. If you want to get better at writing, write more! Start a writing journal and write about EVERYTHING: the people, the setting, the weather, what you had to drink that day, or about what you ate for breakfast, etc. The sky is the limit for what you can write, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 

Now, instead of reading this, why aren’t you writing your story? GO!


For real though guys, thank you for reading! I haven’t been to active lately because I’ve been busy with life. I want to get better at being more active so this is just a start. 

I have so many more ideas in the works and I’m so excited to show you guys what they are when they’re finished. 

Comment what you thought about these tips, and let me know some of yours!

With that, I will see you guys later! Bye!

Bullet Journaling

How it helped keep me organized with a full time job and blog!

Welcome back!

Today, I want to talk about bullet journaling and how it has helped me stay organized with a full time job and blog.

I only started The Writer’s Block a little over a month ago, so this bullet journal is mainly used for my personal life and work, but I am currently working on a blog journal so I can get every major part of my life together.

My initial idea

I really wanted to create something that helped me stay organized but also something that would help me with what I need. I bought a planner, but realized there wasn’t enough room to jot down everything I wanted.

And that’s when I found out about bullet journaling!

I invested basically a whole week watching videos and getting inspiration for my own, which ended up being a flop because I suck at drawing and writing in cursive, so I definitely tried to keep this minimal with some colors to keep it fun!

As of right now, I have it updated until the end of this month. I’ll probably start on next months spread very soon because of my full time job and posting on content for you guys!

But with that, here are a few pictures of my spread for October. I will limit the pages because it has information about my job that is confidential.

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As you can see, I kept things very minimal, but still nice enough that I enjoyed looking at it without cringing too hard. *dabs*

I also have a personal bullet journal that I’m starting because I still have the blog and personal goals that don’t seem fit to put into my work one. That one will be updated on my Twitter, and probably Instagram!

Why I made them

So earlier, I stated that I wanted more space to create things that tended to my life specifically because a lot of the planners I saw that were pre-made never really gave me exactly what I wanted. 

With my bullet journals, I’m able to be creative and put in any pages I like! I can change up anything I’m trying to track or goals I want to accomplish on different months! Literally, the possibilities are endless when it comes to bullet journaling. 

How to start one 

Materials you will need:

  • A few colorful pens
  • A dotted journal, which you can find at any hobby store (i.e Hobby Lobby, Micheals, or here!)
  • Your imagination! 

These are just to start out! There are such thing as stationary pens and calligraphy pens, and SO much more to make it your own. I suggest starting out with a few felt tip pens and some inspiration from Pinterest. 

Since this is my first bullet journal as well, I haven’t moved on to anything else because I want to work on my cursive some more, and come up with more ideas before I make a commitment for a new page. 

Next step is to just start the book! Like I said, I used some inspiration from Pinterest, but you have to start somewhere. You can’t accomplish getting your life together without actually starting somewhere!


But that’s all for today! 

I really hope you guys enjoyed reading this post, I definitely had fun making it! Let me see your bullet journal designs below! I would love to see them!

K, bye! 😚

Favorite Romance Plot Lines

I love romance, how about you. Welcome back, cool kid.

I’m such a sucker for romance novels. I’ve read SO many and wrote a few (never finished one though) of my own as well. Since I’ve read them for so long, I’ve found a few that I like and others not so much.

Today, we’ll be discussing a few of my favorites and what exactly I love about them!

Little PSA: Most of the stories I’ve read were Wattpad stories, so if you want a link to my favorites, it is here!

Bad boy, good girl (or vise versa)

The whole good girl gone bad always gets me! I really don’t get why at this point because I’ve read SO many.

I really think it’s the protective part of it. The bad boy/girl always protects the good boy/girl and it really just pulls at my heart strings.

Forbidden love

Again, a way to pull at my heart strings. Just imagine that super big mid book crisis where the MC gets caught with the person they’re forbidden from seeing! Then the rest of everything gets super twisted, and AHHH, I get the feels just thinking about it!

Hidden Love

This is mainly for the best friends who never knew their feelings for each other, but I guess there could be other circumstances in this too.

I absolutely LOVE the moment where they realize the best friend us who they wanted all along, and all the events after!

Enemies to lovers

Pretty self explanatory, right? The hate that turns into lust, and the conflicts along the way is enough to make me swoon when that steamy kiss scene arrives.

The never ending problems that arise by the hatred that slowly disappear as the relationship grows.

 

Friends with benefits

Ah, bad choices. Personally, I don’t like being the friend with benefit, than reading about it. I’m always intrigued by how it ends up, which is usually with the MCs being together or splitting apart completely. The events leading up to it is what keeps me drawn in, and I’m always excited to read more!


Well that was my list! I’m sure there are hundreds more of different romance plot lines, but these are just a few of my favorites.

What are yours?

Let me know in the comments and be sure to subscribe to get updates on when I post!

With that, I’ll see you guys later. Bye! 😚

Chapter 1 Teaser | Franny

I know, I know, I’m late.

But listen, I’m back, for good this time.

To start off, I finally made the first chapter of Franny! *claps* 

Its currently being slightly edited, so to keep you excited about what’s coming, here’s a small teaser. There’s also some exciting news at the bottom so stay tuned for that!

P.S. I’m sure you guys know writing this is taking some time because I still have a full time job and such, but I’m doing my best to keep this as consistent as possible! 

Enjoy the teaser!

The Teaser

“Please don’t tell me we’re leaving because of that guy off 7th street kept flirting with you. I told you that you might find a finger, but never-“

“A body.” The words rolled off my mom’s tongue instead of mine. I guess I did say that too much around her. “Don’t worry about it honey. I think this move will be good for the family. A change of scenery is exactly what we needed.”

She mumbled a so I hope after that, probably hoping I didn’t hear it. The truth is, I did. I hear everything my parent’s talked about. They were exactly subtle about their conversations since our walls were paper thin and my room just so happened to be next to theirs. 

After packing the last few things, I did my best to help carry out furniture with my dad, but it dont resulted in quite a few bruises and him doing it himself. I hated being so weak and clumsy, but why go work out when I could be writing instead?


Stoked to read more?

Give me just a few days to finished editing it, then it’ll be up!


And the exciting news?

YoastSEO and WooCommerce(affiliated link) saved my life! I’m not tech savvy in the slightest, but both of these Plugins helped out immensely.

YoastSEO has helped make it easier to find my blog, help it load faster, and so much more!

WooCommerce has helped set up my blog, by putting in areas that will help sell an ebook that I will be selling here shortly!

With these two, the traffic on my blog has gone up immensely! I suggest if you have a blog, and you need a little help to gain traffic, this is definitely the way to go!

  • A bonus is that if you use the link above for WooCommerce, I get a small commission, which means I can continue writing Franny!

It’s a win-win, right? Of course it is!


And if you guys liked this and want more content, be sure to subscribe to my blog so you are constantly updated on when I post. Don’t worry, I hate spam and would never put you through that either.

Writing Playlist/Inspirations

Welcome back, you cool kid.

I don’t know about you guys, but listening to music while writing keeps me more focused.

One thing most people know about me is that I listen to just about anything: K-Pop, Indie, Rock, Pop, etc.. Lately, it’s been a lot of indie music, so that’s primarily what this playlist will be.

You’ll probably see this playlist a lot later on while updating Franny because most of the music fits the aesthetic of Franny.

So without further adieu, here’s the playlist!

  • Franny- Magic City Hippies
  • Favorite Liar- The Wrecks
  • Absinthe- IDKHBTFM
  • Do Me Like That- Penguin Prison
  • Colour Morning- Night Riots
  • On The Line- Night Riots
  • Choke- IDKHBTFM
  • Dank- Jay Park
  • Paint Me Silver- The Weather
  • Tongues- Joywave
  • spoiled- flor
  • Human Right- The Strike

The playlist is so much longer than this, but these have been the songs that I listen to the most while developing Franny.

The full playlist can be found here!

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Why I Made This Playlist

Like I stated before, all these songs fit the aesthetic for Franny, but they also get me in the mood to write. I definitely could see all of these songs playing in the little movie that plays in my head while I think about the story.

I think about the scene that the song could go with, which makes me inspired to get to that part.

What Else Gets Me Inspired?

Making Aesthetics!

I have made a few aesthetics for Franny which are on my Instagram, and the button that will take you to my profile is at the top!

A few of my followers (it’s still a fairly new account) really seem to like them and it gives me motivation to write more.

Pinning!

I absolutely love getting inspiration to write from Pinterest. There are so many prompts and quotes that motivate me to just keep writing, even if I’m in a rut and can’t seem to get out.

One thing that I use for pinning is Tailwind(yes, this is an affiliated link. If you purchase from this link I will receive a small commission, which will help keep this blog alive!). Tailwind made it super easy to keep up with pinning, and you can meet so many people that are into the same things as you!

It seriously helps with making me inspired to write more- to the point where I procrastinate because I love it so much. 😒

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Instagram

I have three account on Instagram, don’t judge me. 😂 one is my main account, another for writing, then the last for K-Pop related things.

As far as writing aesthetics and prompts, Instagram is a really good and convenient place! The posts are usually short and sweet for a little bump of motivation while writing. It’s usually my go to place for when I need a pick me up.

But that’s it!

I hope you guys enjoyed. If you’re interested in more, I have quite a few posts that you could take a look at below, and subscribe for more content!


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Franny’s Outline

The outline itself is really short as its just really basic information about the story itself.

I tried to give you guys information about the plot line without giving too much information because I still want to be able to sell this book later on.

Of course, you guys will get first access to everything, including updates and extra information that won’t be here later on. 😁

So, without any further distractions, here’s the outline!

Franny Outline

  • Franny moves to Minnesota
    • Parent’s say they needed a change.
  • First day if school is awkward, as usual.
    • Fran meets Riley in an unexpected way
    • He finds her reading a book while walking towards the road. 
  • Fran and Riley become friends after the incident, but Fran becomes infatuated with his best friend, Miles
  • Fran and Miles clicked, and start dating shortly after meeting
    • Everything starts out great, until the night of the party 
  • Fran catches Miles doing the unthinkable, he cheats on her. 
    • Miles then threatens Franny to not tell anyone or leave or else. 
  • Fran gets closer to Riley while getting separated from Moles slowly.
    • She learns that Riley is the opposite of Miles, bringing her closer to him
  • After thinking for a long time, Fran decides to end it with Miles
    • Post breakup depression happens, but she gets more obsessed with Miles.
  • Riley gets caught up with what happened between Miles and Fran
    • He decides to help Fran, even though its it’s a bad idea. All because he loves her.
  • Miles tries to manipulate Riley, but Riley already knows too much and isn’t moved by it
  • After a long and hard fight with Miles, Riley and Fran finally get together. 

I hope you guys enjoyed it!

Become a cool kid!

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Improving your Dialogue

Welcome back, you cool kid.

Today, we’ll be talking about dialogue in your novel, specifically ways you could improve it.

I think that there’s always something different you could do to make you novel better, so these aren’t way that could make your novel perfect because let’s face it- no one’s novel is perfect. I’ve seen novels with grammar mistakes and spelling errors, etc, so it’s important to know these are how I improve my dialogue as I write/edit.

Read dialogue out loud

If you want to reread and edit your dialogue, this is probably the best and easiest way to to do so. Not only will it let you easily spot any imperfections in your character’s voice, but it helps with punctuation and overall flow of the story.

This is usually what I do while editing, not so much writing my novels because let me be honest here, I dont really plan out who I’m going to write a chapter. Usually I have a general idea of where I want it to go, then I write it out. 90% of the time I change what I originally wrote in the first place so there might be spots where there’s an awkward pause in dialogue or no punctuation.

It doesn’t just work for how I write though. It really helps while editing in general.

Avoid info dumps

I get it, these can be hard to avoid, but listen. Not everyone wants to hear a two page confession on why your character wants to break up with another. There may be other circumstances about why it’s so long, but this ties into everything else in this post.

I felt like it needed it’s own area so I could explain that a long paragraph could turn off some readers. Theyre more likely to stay focused on the story when it’s easy to read, and doesn’t drag on.

If you just need to have all those words in the story then break it apart. Add the background action and movements of other characters or sounds your character hears outside or other things like that. It will make your story sound more realistic while keeping the reader interested.

Punctuate and format well

This one can get tricky because you could do so much with it. What I mean by that is you have to start a new paragraph when a new character starts talking, and then there’s different punctuation marks that you could make based off the scene.

Then you have the setting, and background action, and the characters body language, etc.

This sounds like a lot, right? I mean, it is, but it’s super easy to edit. I promise.

Just write down your chapter, get the idea on paper, then go back a look at everything individually. I usually start with figuring out what the characters are doing in the background. Did your main character see someone trip over some air or look at someone then make weird eye contact. It doesn’t have to be specifically your character interacting with another character but they could also twiddle their thumbs or hit their fingernails on a table.

Then I look for grammar mistakes. I usually try to get everything I want on paper or typed up then go back and look for any imperfections I may have missed while reading it through the first time.

Give your character a voice

This could be tied into not overusing the word “said”. Your characters are living people in your world, so they should have a voice.

Whether they’re sweet and soft spoken, or loud and boisterous, its important for your readers to know because unfortunately, we’re not mind readers.

With that being said, incorporate different tones in your writing to make it more realistic and exciting to read your dialogue.


Welp. This is about the end of that. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything else so this post will probably be modified or updated in the future.

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