How memorable Dialogue in Fiction Writing Sell and Where To Get Ideas

Know how to write dialogue?

Read. Read. Read. But also think outside the box. Watch popular movies.  The Princess Bride is one of my all time favorites for dialogue and one of the few screenplays that was written before the book was ever created, which I am told is  really about the making of the movie so that makes sense. If you haven’t seen the Princess Bride, you owe it to yourself to watch this great film which is a fairy tale love story, if for no other reason than to hear some of the most quotable long-lasting dialogue of alll time. The movie aired for the first time 25 years ago. Lines that if you or I had in our books, would be remembered  and  cherished. Now what author wouldn’t dream of that?  Incidentally, the movie was not an immediate success, something that should make all of the authors reading this take heart. I, myself watch movies for some of the reasons I read books, not only to be entertained, but to learn more  about generating believable and entertaining fiction. Things like how actors portray emotion and dialogue for instance. Continue reading

The Matchmakers of Ireland, The Real Valentines Day

Valentine silouetteNeed a matchmaker? Everyone wants to fall in love and its been that way since the beginning of time. Nothing has changed about the desire  but what has changed is how we go about it or how often we try  and try again only to be disappointed. Ever wish there was an easier way to meet a man or woman?  For centuries, people had arranged marriages. They married for status, wealth, security or to secure peace between two separate countries. Some of those marriages actually lasted and some were very happy ones. Continue reading