Tip: Does your character have an accent or unique way of talking? Give us a few words to get the flavor of their speech, but don’t do their entire dialogue in it. Reading a couple words of a Scottish burr is nice. Reading an entire book in it? No.

Thought: “You say what you have to say. But you learn to say it in such a way that the reader can see what you mean.” – Kurt Vonnegut.

Teaser: Start a reading and writing journal. What does writing mean to you and why do you write? Note the last five books you’ve read and what you liked or disliked about them.