December 1, 2015
Greetings to all my fellow novelists and welcome to your free writer’s workshop for the month of December. I’ll take this moment to wish you a wonderful Christmas for you and yours. I love this season when we celebrate the birth of the Savior Jesus Christ!
I can get into the spirit of giving quite early as I offer up this free workshop to all my fellow authors!
Be A Novelist Writer’s Workshops are gleaned from my many years of –
- Working one-on-one with writing students
- Teaching workshops both in my local community and at writer’s conferences all across the country
- Serving for nine years as a writing instructor for an international correspondence school
- Freelance writing and ghostwriting for clients in the global community
- And of course – from my own personal experiences throughout my life-long writing career
The title of our December workshop is:
Last month our lesson covered the subject of writing dialogue; this month’s lesson fits hand-in-glove as it goes into the importance of well-executed tag lines in dialogue. Poorly written tag lines will be a sure sign of an amateur writer. It’s like the “tell-all” to a savvy editor (and reader). If your tag lines are heavier than the dialogue, you have a problem. This Be A Novelist Workshop will help you nip that problem in the bud – quickly!
In this workshop, you’ll learn:
- How to create taglines that allow the author to disappear
- What “swifties” are and how to avoid them
- The best and the worst taglines
- Substitutes for “said”
- When to drop taglines altogether
- And much more
PS: Start off your new year right with a fresh new Workshop-of-the-Month Giveaway in January. It’s entitled, Character-Driven or Action-Driven Plot. Do you know the difference between a character-driven or action-driven plot? You must know before you ever begin the first page of the first chapter. If you’re not sure, then you won’t want to miss the next Be A Novelist Workshop. Watch for it in January!
You can always be assured that you’ll receive in-depth teaching in each one of these workshops, and that you’ll be introduced to tips, techniques, and strategies that you can immediately put to use in your own writing .
PPS: Please leave your thoughts, ideas, questions, and comments. Especially as it pertains to this lesson on taglines. I love hearing from all of you!