Last year, Catherine and Kevin recorded an episode of the podcast live from The Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature (lovingly known as Can*Con) in Ottawa, Canada.

This year’s conference is coming up at the end of the month, so conference chair Derek Kungsken took some time to sit down with Write Along Radio and share the inside scoop on Can*Con 2015.

Also in this episode, Catherine and Kevin discuss the value of authors attending live events and forging community.

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Write Along Radio Episode #43

Show Notes

Check out the Can*Con website and Twitter feed for more info.

Listen to the episode recorded at last year’s convention.

Read the latest issue of Foment literary magazine.

Dialogue is one of the most enjoyable parts of writing prose; authors love creating dialogue and readers love reading it!

But creating effective dialogue isn’t nearly as easy as it might seem.

In this episode, Catherine and Kevin share 7 essential tips for improving the dialogue sequences in your fiction writing.

Plus, they discuss whether you should use “ly” adverbs, how writers can take advantage of riding the bus, and what you can learn from a classic moment in The Empire Strikes Back.

Listen to the episode now!

Dialogue

Show Notes

Read Kevin’s book The Novel Writer’s Blueprint: Five Steps to Creating and Completing Your First Book

Check out writing coach Doug Kurtz’s fantastic course, Writing Dynamic Dialogue

Blog posts on writing dialogue:

Stylised Talk: Writing Great Dialogue

How to Write Good Dialogue: Ten Tips

7 Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogue

6 Tips for Writing Powerful Dialogue

5 Tips on How to Write Dialogue

5 Mistakes to Look for in Your Dialogue

5 Quick Tips for Better Dialogue in Fiction

This Playwright Explains How to Write Great Dialogue

Writing Dialogue: 7 Ways to Write Better Conversations

Early in this episode, Catherine confesses to Kevin that she hasn’t been working on her work in progress manuscript.

This leads to a conversation that covers:

  • the difficulty of following up first novels;
  • facing insecurities as writers;
  • the similarities between health and fitness, business, and the arts;
  • the challenge of implementing a regular writing schedule; and
  • the importance of obligations and deadlines.

The conversation ends up focusing on a massive challenge every writer must face… How do we find a balance between productive creativity and the essential need for relaxation, recreation, and peace?

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Show Notes

Write Along Radio talks comedy writing with Daniel Beirne.

Write Along Radio live at the Canadian Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature.

Need help developing a writing schedule that you will actually stick to? Watch Kevin’s 20 minute free training video.

Want to learn more about Kevin’s coaching for authors? Visit his coaching page.