Dialogue & Voice

Strong dialogue is often not given special attention, but weak dialogue will throw a reader off every time. Additionally, voice throughout your novel is something that can make or break it in the publishing world. To watch all of the WordNerds’ videos on dialogue and voice, use the embedded playlist. To find a specific topic with regards to dialogue or voice, use the list below or the search bar.

Bad [Expletive Deleted] Words in YA

Calyn Morgan talks about swearing in young adult lit–should you include “bad” words?

Believable Dialogue and Book Club Updates

Calyn Morgan talks about how to make your dialogue more realistic.

Creating Character Voice

Kellie Sheridan talks about voice and how she created voices for the characters in her new series.

D. E. L. Connor: Profanity in YA

D. E. L. Connor–author of the Spirit Warriors series–talks about using profanity in Young Adult Literature.

DON’T Say What You Are Thinking

Meghan uses an example from LOST to illustrate how important it is for your characters NOT to say exactly what they are thinking.

Don’t Think What You’re Thinking?

Meghan talks about managing your character’s inner thoughts/monologue.

Everything You Need to Know About CHARACTER VOICE

Meghan breaks down the essentials of character voice: what it is, how to make your characterizations good/strong, and she provides some exercises to help strengthen voice. MORE RESOURCES ON VOICE: ShaelinWrites on Character voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKe4kYDD_ZU Correcting Weak Character Voice: https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/common-mistakes-one-symptom-weak-character-voice/ RESOURCES ON DIALOGUE: Jenna Moreci on Writing Dialogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVHp1riaZ-Y Tips for Writing Great Dialogue: https://nybookeditors.com/2017/05/your-guide-to-writing-better-dialogue/Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About CHARACTER VOICE

First Person versus Third Person

Emma Kate gives some suggestions for how to decide whether first or third person point of view is best for your story’s voice.

He Said, She Said: Dialogue Tags

Kellie Sheridan tells you to be careful how you use dialogue tags in your writing.

How to Write Alternating POVs

E. Latimer talks about how to write alternating points of view in your work.

How Well Do You Know Voices?

Meghan talks about voice and gives some games to see how well you recognize the WordNerds’ voices as well as voices from popular YA books.

Talking About Dialog

Let’s talk about how our character’s talk! Tonight’s writing discussion topic is dialog. How to write it. How not to write it. Ideas and conundrums.

Three Ways to Write Vivid First Sentences

Rachel Sargeant gives tips for writing a first line that will entice readers.

Vulgarity and Violence in YA Literature

In this Sunday Special live chat, the WordNerds talk about whether or not there are boundaries to what your young adult characters should be saying/thinking/doing.

What Did You Say?

E. Latimer talks about whether or not that dialogue tag is actually a dialogue tag, and how to properly use the ones that are.

Writing Strong Voice

Meghan gives examples of strong voice in kidlit.