Actually, it’s more how to NOT write for teens. With apologies to Jeff Foxworthy.
If you’re working on a young adult novel, and all your girl characters are named Jenny, Michelle, and Lisa, you might be pushing 40.
I read an article ages ago, and if I could remember anything else about it, I would add the link, but one . . . → Read More: How to: Write for teens. Not you.
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Publishing Info: Harper Voyager (April 2007)
Pages: 384 (mass market paperback)
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Review Copy: Purchased for Kindle from Amazon
Why did I read this book?
Uh, ‘cause I just loves me some Bujold? Seriously, Lois
McMaster Bujold is like my favorite author EVER and I reread her stuff with surprisingly regularity. Now to be honest, this . . . → Read More: Book 991: Beguilement. Book one of The Sharing Knife series
Dialog is vital to your story. It shows character, moves the story along, and provides a sense of time and place.
The mechanics of dialog provide white space to calm reluctant and/or tired readers, direct readers to who is talking, and show when the words (vs the thoughts) start and stop.
Broken mechanics cause rampant confusion and readers . . . → Read More: How To: Dialog