Learning to write engaging dialogue

I am currently sitting in a cafe listening to a group of men's discussion. I often do this, earwig on people's conversations. You may think this is rude and it probably is; I don't know how I would feel knowing a complete random was sitting listening to everything I say. But I am a writer, I am allowed to as this is research. Ok, I am naturally nosy but that is beside the point. Taking liberties with other people's privacy...

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Why I am constantly learning

October has been a significant month for me when it comes to learning. Earlier in the year, I registered with The Open University (OU) for the first module that was part of an MA in Creative Writing. I decided that I want to make my life as a writer a reality. My first official day was Saturday. I have been studying with the OU on and off since 2004 and I feel intrinsically linked to them. The OU has seen...

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Learning to use hyphens, em and en dashes

I love, love, love punctuation. Wait, don't leave! You might learn something cool. While I was studying for Start Fiction Editing , the only punctuation I had a nightmare with in our exercises were em and en dashes. Sophie Playle, the patient dear, got me caught up with these two as I am shocked to say this didn't really come up in my schooling or my love affair with the English language. I know I'm not the only one who had...

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