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No One Bats 1,000 When It Comes to Writing

We've all looked at some of our writing and had a "What was I thinking?" moment. Writers don't always end up writing the perfect story. In fact, you may fail more than you succeed. But, is writing a bad story really a failure? Writing instructor John Smolens doesn't think so. He learned from his mentor, Andre Dubus, that those so called "failures" may be stepping stones to finding your voice.


Students are keenly aware of this, the inconsistency of their work, the inexplicable failure of some stories to reach the level they intended. They don't know what to do about such stories; they can't find the flaw (or flaws) and provide a satisfactory fix. Perhaps they shouldn't try; perhaps they should view these weaker stories as the attempts that buttress the stronger pieces in the collection. Instead of declaring such stories failures, I urge my students to consider them as experiments that were not entirely successful - and to look for what did work within them. Maybe it's the voice of the piece, or the dialogue or a narrative passage. Or maybe it's a particular scene where a minor character suddenly comes to life (and if so, maybe the student should try another story, one focusing on that character instead).

You can read the entire article on Writer's Digest's website: There's No Such Thing as a Failed Story



Conventional Thinking Rarely Lands That Creative Gig

Looking for a job in filmmaking? Or maybe you're trying to get funding for your next film or video project. Perhaps you've tried every traditional method you know to get that job or find that investor, but nothing is working? Well, according to James Caan of the private equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw, it's because you're using traditional methods in a situation that calls for unconventional thinking.


If you're coming to a dead end, maybe it's time to look for alternative routes. People in this business are known for their ingenuity, originality and creative problem-solving. Why not go against the traditional grain for funding and start getting innovative? It could open up a world of opportunities.

You can read the entire article on the Telegraph's website: Applying for a creative job? Be creative.



"When a CD Comes Along, You Must Market It!"

After a 20-year hiatus, Devo has re-entered the music business with a new CD, and they've discovered that things aren't the same as when they left. There's a lot more music available for sale than there used to be, and there are also many more ways to promote and sell your music. But according to founding member Gerald Casale, none of it matters if you're not marketing your music.


"What's happened is that so many CDs are put out per month, possibly 10,000 a month. Nobody can possibly even know half the music that exists out there. And so marketing is everything. Marketing is the end-all, be-all of our society."

You can listen to the entire interview with Casale on American Public Radio's Marketplace: Devo on de-evolution, devalued music



Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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Weekly News Brief - Books, Film, Music - June 18, 2010

Weekly News Brief - Books, Film, Music - June 11, 2010

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I am about to be judged, and I have no one to blame but myself. I uploaded the files for my latest book last night, and I have traded the stress of finishing the book for the stress of waiting for feedback from my readers. Such is the life of a self-published author. We are a breed unlike any other type of author. We truly embody the definition of independence. We do not have a team of editors or marketers or handlers. We have ourselves and, if we're lucky, a small group of family and friends who believe in us.


But I like it that way. It's somewhat empowering to know that the buck stops with me. The triumphs and missteps are both equally mine. I've consulted with editors and readers about my manuscript, but I ultimately made the decision to listen to their advice or disregard it.


That is a kind of freedom my traditionally published author friends don't get to enjoy. They are under contract and obligated to submit a book to their publisher's liking even if it clashes with their own sensibilities.


Despite dealing with the stress of absorbing all the critical focus, I love being an indie author. There's an odd sense of pioneering pride one gets by going it alone. If I fail, I fail on my own terms. I didn't wait to take action. I took it when I wanted to publish and with the book I wanted to publish... I feel like I should quote something from Rudy or Braveheart here, but perhaps that would be a little too much. Let me just end this rambling pep talk that you didn't ask for by saying embrace the stress of being independent. You're doing something a lot of people don't have the courage to do: believing in yourself. And that's worth stressing about.


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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The Value of Rejection

You Have More Than One Book Inside of You

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.




     It's Never Too Late to Start Writing - There Are No Rules

What do you do with 35 years between you and your last writing assignment? You start writing again.

     #163 - Query Shark

Want to see an example of an almost perfect query letter? Look no further than example #163.


     Guerrilla Filmmaking Tips for Micro-budget Filmmakers - Learn Film Online Blog

An abundance of passion for filmmaking can overcome a lack of cash. You just have to do what you do best: be creative.


     YouTube Play - YouTube

Want a chance to showcase your filmmaking skills at the Guggenheim Museum? Check out YouTube's Play competition.




     Giving Music Consumers These 3 Choices Leads to More Revenue - Hypebot

Variety is not only the spice of life; it's also the key to selling more of your music to the public. Bob Baker explains.

     Top 10 Music-Based Facebook Apps - Indie Music Tech

Still trying to find the perfect music app for your Facebook profile? Look no further. Indie Music Tech is here with a list of the top 10 music apps.

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Tuesday's Blog Roundup - June 15, 2010 Edition

Tuesday's Blog Roundup - June 8, 2010 Edition

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You shouldn't look at other authors as competition. On the contrary, you should look at them as colleagues who can help you sell books. Over the years I've talked to a lot of authors about a lot of marketing ideas and strategies, and I have always been especially intrigued by authors who have worked together to help sell books for each other. How? By pooling their resources, and engaging in book signing events. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about.


  • A group of seven or eight independent authors created a bus tour with a regionally owned department store chain and hit the road for a few weeks making group appearances and selling books. Each author shouldered the expenses equally. They even ended up making long-term friendships with each other. 


  • Two western romance novelists have gone on periodic flea market tours in the Southeast for a few years now, and they seem to be having the time of their lives. They're selling books and getting to know their target audience first hand.


  • A couple of authors teamed up and wrote a children's book together and then decided to take their partnership one step further. They paid a costume designer to make costumes based on the characters in their book, and then rented a kiosk in a mall for a month with local high school students gathered around the kiosk wearing the costumes. Lucky youngsters got their picture taken with the characters and a signed copy of the book at a very reasonable price.  


The lesson here is just because you're an independent author doesn't mean you have to go it alone when it comes to marketing your book. Chances are there are other self-published authors in your area. Put out feelers. Get to know them, and start helping each other sell books.


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.


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Be of Service to Other Writers

Ask For Referrals

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.




How Travel Renews Your Writing Life - There Are No Rules

Need a little spark to get those creative juices flowing? It might be time for a vacation to bombard the senses with some adventure and relaxation.

Writing Fiction: Can it be Done? - Living a Life of Writing

Freelance writer and blogger Rebecca E. steps out of the world of nonfiction and wonders if it?s possible for anyone to write fiction.



Iron Man 2 Robot Repulsor Arm : How to : BFX - Backyard FX

It would take a lot of money to duplicate just some of the simplest effects in Iron Man 2, right? Not according to this nifty special effects tutorial put together by the BackyardFX team.


Tribeca Film Festival: Can Social Media Help 'Indie' Filmmakers Make It Big? - FilmSlate

The film industry is all about the buzz. The Internet has changed the way buzz is generated for films. A panel at the Tribeca Film Festival took on the topic of building buzz in a social media driven world.



Auto-synchronization of Metronomes - Synthgear

Call it the great metronome experiment of 2010. Five metronomes started at different times remarkably begin to swing in unison.

Songwriter Voice vs Performance Voice... Do You Know The Difference? - Judy Rodman

According to Judy Rodman, the voice you use to write a song is different than the voice you use to perform a song.

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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The Reader's Guide

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jun 14, 2010

I've been asked by a couple of educators on different occasions if there were teacher's guide versions of my books available for sale, and I've kicked myself every time I've had to answer no. Besides the obvious reason that it could be a second source of income for me, it's also one less obstacle for me getting my books into schools on a wider scale. Publishers make it a regular practice to create study guides for their young adult titles for that very reason. They know that school boards and teachers build their budgets around books that will generate discussion and foster a love for reading. A title that comes with a blueprint of discussion topics makes the teacher's job that much easier, and they are more likely to include that book on their reading list.


I discussed the situation with my agent recently, and she suggested I take it one step further and create a general reader's guide for book clubs. It makes perfect sense. In addition to providing a list of topics to discuss for the group, it also signals the author's interest in promoting the book club environment and may even result in you receiving an invitation to speak with the book club. I've had the opportunity to do just that, and it was loads of fun. I highly recommend it.


Reader's guides aren't just another source of income. They are marketing tools in and of themselves. Simply by having a reader's guide you are planting the seed that your book would make an excellent selection for a group discussion, and it also gives you something to give to teachers and book club organizers that stands out from other book suggestions they receive.


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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AAUGH! Rewrites!

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger Jun 9, 2010

I am in the middle of rewrites at the moment. I always think I'm prepared for the process, but every time I learn that one can never be fully prepared to find cringe-worthy passages in one's own writing. Rewrites are the very definitions of arduous and humiliating. There are times I just can't bring myself to read one more page without a long break that involves chocolate or some baked good that soothes my writer's wounds.


So, is it worth the tedium, horror, and extra pounds to rewrite? Without question, yes. I find too many times that self-published authors either don't do extensive rewrites or they don't do rewrites at all before publishing their book. Huge mistake. Rewrites can do more than help you track down typos. More importantly, they can help you catch holes in your writing and story. When you're working on a manuscript that's tens of thousands of words long, you're no doubt going to make errors that can leave the readers scratching their heads. For instance, I inserted a scene to pursue a plot device, but as I continued writing I determined the plot device didn't work. The problem was that my focus then turned to completing the book, and I put the now useless and dead-end scene out of my mind. Of course, I found it going through rewrites and cut it. Had I decided to take the path of least resistance and self-publish the book without looking back or only giving the manuscript a skimming over, I would have sent a subpar product to market.


Rewriting is the least fun part of publishing a book, but in my mind, it is the most important phase of the process. It's so important I don't think you can do it alone. You need an editor or a reader you trust to go through your manuscript and ask you the tough questions about your writing style and your story. Give them the freedom to slash and burn your manuscript without getting defensive. You'll have a better book for it.


I have to go now. My first draft and a sleeve of chocolate chip cookies are waiting for me.


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.



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5 Tips for Instantly Improving Your Novel

Does Grammar Matter?

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Book marketing is as much about keeping up with trends and scouring the internet for the latest developments in all things marketing as it is about implementing your own marketing plan. It's important to know not just what's going on in publishing, but also what's going on in the world of marketing. To that end, a plethora of websites and blogs out there offer book marketing gems of varying worth. Here are five sites that I have found to have a lot of valuable tips and tricks for authors interested in selling more books.


John Kremer's Book Marketing Tip of the Week - John is an expert's expert in the field of marketing for books. He's a best-selling author who is probably best known for his book 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. He has all of his past marketing newsletters archived, where you will find a virtual catalogue of useful tips to boost your marketing efforts.


Author Marketing Experts - Penny Sansevieri has 15 years' experience in the field of book promotion. She works as a consultant and publicist for an impressive list of authors. The name of her site alone suggests she understands that it's more about marketing the author than the book.


The Creative Penn - Joanna Penn, a Brit in Australia, dishes out plenty of sound advice on her site for today's author. She covers the gamut when it comes to books, but she devotes a lot of her virtual space to examining the world of marketing books and authors.


Gary Vaynerchuk - If you like your marketing expert to be dull and timid, then Gary is not the guy for you. He is the epitome of high energy, and he funnels all that energy into videos about the world of internet marketing. You'll be entertained and informed just by spending a few minutes with Gary every week.


Social Media Examiner - Founded by Michael Stelzner, this online magazine is geared toward helping businesses master the art of using social media, but there are a lot of great tips for authors trying to build a personal brand, as well. You can keep up with strategies and new tools to help get you noticed on social media sites.


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Self-publishing a book is fun. I can speak from personal experience because I have five books I've self-published, and I have a sixth one on the way. I have enjoyed every minute of it, even this part of it where I get to write about how much I enjoy self-publishing. I have talked to a lot of other authors who have self-published one book, and I am always saddened when they inform me that they won't be doing a second book for no other reason than they don't think they have a second book inside of them.


I'm here to tell you that you do have a second book inside of you. In fact, I'm of the opinion that you have countless ideas for books swimming around in that head of yours. You got through the monumental task of writing and publishing a book. Don't let that experience go to waste. Write a second book... and a third... and a fourth... and... you get the point.


Where is that next idea for another book going to come from? I can't say for sure, but I can tell you one place to look: in the book you've already published. If you're like me, there are a number of characters in your book beyond the protagonist that you think deserve a story of their own or maybe even the same story but from their point of view. There are stories hidden within the story you've already written and published. Why not flesh them out and give them pages of their own? I'm not talking about creating a series (although that's not a bad idea). I'm talking about creating a spin-off book. This isn't just limited to works of fiction, by the way. I researched a historical figure recently, and discovered an even more fascinating character that could be the subject of his own book.


You have more than one book inside of you. You owe it to yourself as a writer to get it on paper and make it available to your present and future fans.


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.




     Fantastic Book Marketing: A Great Example - Publetariat

Author and blogger Joanna Penn examines the marketing efforts of author P.W. Singe after her husband was motivated to purchase his latest book.


     Three Steps to a Breakout Story - Plot to Punctuation

Want to write a compelling novel that will leave people in awe of your storytelling talent. According to editor Jason Black it's all in the goals you set for your story.

Film Interviews Felicia Day - reddit

Television and Web series star Felicia Day answers questions from her fans and discusses her online strategies to succeeding the film industry.


     Negotiating Is a Producer's Life - All About Indie Filmmaking

Producer Jane Kelly Kosek sums up the key to developing your most crucial skill as a producer in one word, experience.



     A Brief History of the Blues in Modern Music - 1960s Psychedelic Hippie Culture and Music

You need more that sweet lowdown lyrics to make a Blues song. You need that bluesy sound that only a guitar can make.


     Everybody is a Music Maker - Indie Music Tech

Digital Music guru Dave Haynes examines the history and future of music at a TEDxCardiff event.

Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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How to Keep the Fires of Publicity Burning after the Newness is Gone

Your book may have been on the market for months or years, and you may feel its newsworthiness has run its course, but according to Arielle Ford, your book may still have some life left in it. In this age of print-on-demand, books stay relevant much longer than they did when they were subject to the finite nature of print runs. One of Ford's suggestions for keeping your book afloat:


Take advantage of the headlines: Contact your local media outlets immediately after hearing that a topic relevant to your book has made headlines. The local stations usually like to put a local spin on any national or international topic.


You can read find more of Arielle Ford's tips in the Huffington Post: How to Sustain Big Buzz for Your Book



Indie Films Ride the Wave of the Digital Revolution

There's no question about it. Digital technology has broken down the barriers for a lot of would-be filmmakers into the film industry. It's made even the most sophisticated pieces of equipment accessible to even the least affluent directors and storytellers. What was it like for filmmakers before the digital age? According to the it was a financial struggle.


Before the advent of digital alternatives, the cost of professional film equipment and stock was also a hurdle to being able to produce, direct, or star in a traditional studio film. The cost of 35 mm film is outpacing inflation: in 2002 alone, film negative costs were up 23%, according to Variety.

You can read the entire article here: Independent Filmmaking outside of Hollywood



The Great White Way is Rockin'!

Broadway has become decidedly more rock and roll as of late. While your dreams of rock and roll stardom may be full of visions of stadium shows, music videos and limos, you just might find yourself participating in a Broadway musical someday. Who knows, you may event take home a few Tonys. This is from the New York Times:


Electric guitars onstage, not mini-orchestra-pit bands, drive all four of this year's Tony nominees for best musical: "American Idiot," "Fela!," "Memphis" and "Million Dollar Quartet." Their music bypasses Tin Pan Alley for punk, funk, rhythm-and-blues and rockabilly. And this year's rock musicals aren't alone; they have been sharing the theater district with a celebratory revival of the foundational rock musical, "Hair," and with entrenched jukebox shows like "Jersey Boys" and "Rock of Ages."


You can read the entire article here: Broadway Rocks. Get Over It.



Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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Welcome to Tuesday's blog roundup. This is the day we shine the spotlight on bloggers and artists in the publishing, film and music industries.



     How to Build an Audience Around Your Blog - Blogussion

An author blog doesn't just need traffic. It needs an audience. Here are 5 tips to create traffic and build an audience for your blog.


     The One Sentence, One Paragraph, and Two Paragraph Pitch - Nathan Bransford

Your job as an author isn't just writing books. As much as you may not like hearing it, you have to write summaries of you book, as well.


     How to Make the Move to Hollywood - Joke and Biagio

Hollywood producer Biagio shares five tips on how to successfully make the transition from Main Street, USA to Tinseltown.


     Zach Braff Discusses Acting and Directing - Making Of

Actor and director Zach Braff discusses the difficulties he faced when making his movie Garden State. His key to pulling it off was to ignore the naysayers.



     Woody Norris: Inventing the Next Amazing Thing - Ted Talks

This TED video features what might be the greatest invention in audio since the phonograph. Wood Norris has invented a device that doesn't use a speaker to project sound. It uses the air next to your ear.


     Science Friday on Perfect Pitch - How To Practice

Ever wonder how perfect pitch works? Are you the one in 10,000 that has perfect pitch? Here's an interesting piece on the science behind perfect pitch.



Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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As a writer of fiction, you have to be a jack of all trades at times. I have gone to many strange places on the Internet in search of information or knowledge that would help make my story that much better. The Internet truly is a virtually endless source of facts and - yes - misinformation. These are the ten sites I have found to be the most useful resources for fiction writers. - Can't remember how to spell chrysanthemums? Need another word for maniac? Not really sure what the word didactic means? is my favorite spot on the Internet for all things words. Whether it's the meaning, the proper spelling, or a more literary synonym, you'll find it here.


Baby Names World - Nickelodeon's Parents Connect Baby Names World website isn't just a great place to find the perfect name for that next bundle of joy. It's also great for finding a fitting name for your protagonist. Looking for a name that means "brave" or "wise" or virtually anything else, you can probably find it here. Their search by meaning option has been a lifesaver for me on a number of occasions.


Crime and Clues - Want a peak into police procedure on a crime scene? Maybe you need to tap into that criminal mind, but you of course do not have the personal experience to draw from. Crimes and Clues can help you tangle that mystery you're trying to build.


Mythical Creatures Guide - There are more than just vampires and werewolves to include in your next horror novel. Cultures from throughout history and in every corner of our globe have had a catalog of monsters that have provided plenty of screams and scares. The Mythical Creatures Guide can provide you with plenty of inspiration for your next creepy creature.


This Day in History - Even if you're writing fiction, you want some basis in fact. This Day in History provides a great database of historical events on every day of the year. Just type in the day, and you'll be on your way to giving your story a little historical perspective.


Popular Science - This is a fantastic site for a look at all the latest advances in technology and science. You'll find plenty of information on what's current and what the future may hold.


How Stuff Works - Details can flesh out a character and plotline. Even in a fictional world, authenticity can take your story to a whole new level.


Space - The final frontier is a mystery in and of itself. The more you know about the skies above you, the more you can draw your reader in and make them true fans of your work, particularly if you're a science fiction author. Just because it's "science fiction"; doesn't mean your reader doesn't want it to be plausible. If you write that Titan orbits Neptune, you'll probably lose a reader.


Snopes - There's nothing built better for a book-length work of fiction than a good urban legend. But does that urban legend contain any truth to it? Snopes is a website dedicated to solving the origins of urban legends.


Strange Facts - Did you know that there are 18 different animal shapes in Animal Cracker cookies? Or that forest fires move faster uphill than down? If you visited Strange Facts, you would know all that and more. A great place to find those little tidbits that may separate your story from others.

Those are mine. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments below.


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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If at First You Don't Succeed... You Know the Rest!

It's been said many times. Babe Ruth struck out more than any other player on his way to become the homerun king in major league baseball. If you want to succeed in publishing, you've got to strike out from time to time. Novelist Scott Turow says this about an authors greatest tool:


My life as a writer was carried on against the odds. I had written four unpublished novels by then ... as a writer of fiction I hadn't gotten very far. I just wanted to do it. It was my dream as a kid to be a novelist and I wanted to carry on with it. And I did. The truth of the matter is that the people who succeed in the arts most often are the people who get up again after getting knocked down. Persistence is critical.


You can watch a video of Turow talking about his career and novels on Galleycat: Scott Turow Offers Novel Writing Advice: "Persistence Is Critical"



Everyone Loves a Crowd!

Don't have the funds for your next film project? You've tapped all your old resources dry? If there was only some way to let your fans chip in. Oh wait, there is. It's called the internet. Crowd-funding, Crowd-sourcing, Tribe-funding, it goes by many different names, but it all means the same thing. Ask your fans to contribute to your next film. Film finance expert Jeff Steele weighs in on the topic in the Huffington Post.


Ultimately, if crowd-funding is going to work, it needs to appeal to those most basic investor emotions: greed and self-interest. Why do disinterested investors support a project? Because they see a potential upside for their money -- and it's the producers job to make sure that happens. You can't reinvest a producing credit.


You can read the entire article here: Independent Films' New Path to Financing



Don't Be a Rebel without a Home Recording Studio!

What happens when the musical inspiration hits you, and you don't have a way to capture the magic for posterity and profit? If you're an indie musician, it's almost imperative these days to have your own home recording studio. Not to worry. If you don't currently have one, Renegade Producer has come to the rescue with all the basics you need to get started. As they put it:


Your DIY home music studio will always be a work in progress and will grow as your music production skills grow and you expand your music career. Try to avoid the "my music would get better when I have [enter name of new studio toy]" trap. Remember, your studio is your workspace and your studio equipment serve as tools. You make the music.


You can read all of the tips and tricks to putting together a home recording studio here: The Renegade Producer Home Recording Studio Guide



Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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As a writer, I always feel like I use the word "said" too much. As in, Mark said, "He would kill me if I talked." It's the perfect verb that allows you to identify a speaker during a conversation. But when you write a book that is sixty, seventy, eighty thousand words or longer, you're going to write a lot of dialogue, and it's going to be necessary to identify the speakers quite a bit throughout the course of your book. I find myself tempted to use a substitute for the word "said" even though I've been instructed not to by editors and teachers. The goal of a writer is to be as unobtrusive as possible. It's believed the word "said" allows you to not intrude on the story. As Elmore Leonard puts it, "The line of dialogue belongs to the character. The verb is the writer sticking his nose in..."


So substituting words like gasped, groaned, yelled, etc. can take readers out of the story. I know this, and yet I still find myself using substitutes for the word "said" all the time. It's a hard habit to break. My mainstay substitutes are "replied" and "responded," but I've "groused" before, and I've "griped." I've even been known to use "chortled," but that's me. I'm not always a rules follower.


My dream is to write a book like The Road, by Cormac McCarthy, that never uses the identifying verb for dialogue. He just wrote dialogue. That way I'll never have to concern myself with whether or not I'm drowning my readers in a sea of "said." Until then, I am going to allow myself to substitute verbs. "Free of guilt," I declared!


Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

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