In this episode, Write Along Radio chats with young adult science-fiction and fantasy author Leah Bobet.

Leah discusses being a second generation sci-fi writer, how diversity needs to be part of genre writing, and how she goes about writing for teenagers.

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Author Leah Bobet Discusses Writing for Teens

Show Notes

Visit Leah’s website. 

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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.

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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

We all have unique writing styles, but the what it takes to succeed is not so very different. With Catherine back in Ottawa, Canada, she and Kevin reunite over coffee/tea to dive into giveaway book Getting There: A Book of Mentors, by Gillian Zoe Segal, and gab about the commonalities of being an entrepreneur and how that applies to our world of writing. Also we speculate on the future of self-publishing and how to write a novel.

What did we think of Getting There: A Book of Mentors? Basically, we resonated. The stories in the book are from incredibly successful business people, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and more. But guys, despite their different fields, they share so many common points of success! So how can we take these insights and apply them to our writing? Listen in for that conversation . . .

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Segal’s book explores the struggles influential individuals in a number of different fields went through before finding success. The book is filled with lessons that apply to careers as authors, including trying to balance family with work, being able to pivot, dealing with failure, the need to focus, and more.

Show Notes

Purchase a copy of Getting There: A Book of Mentors by Gillian Zoe Segal (affiliate link)

Catherine’s guest post on Toni vs. Rooster When Professional is Personal

Kevin’s Facebook Group for First Time Authors

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At Quitters Coffee in Stittsville, Ottawa.

At Quitters Coffee in Stittsville, Ottawa.