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Writing Tips: Phone Convos

Phone conversations where you show both sides of the conversation are fairly easy—you just handle them like regular dialog for the most part. But what about one-sided convos? A convention I really like is to use an ellipsis to indicate the unheard speaker’s dialog. For example: “Hey, girl! It’s Anne. … Nothing much, what are ...

Say It Better: Pausing as an Action Beat

Using “paused” as an action beat seems a little like an oxymoron, but I digress. If you use an action beat or a dialog tag, you have inserted a “natural pause” into your dialog. What do I mean by this? Basically this: if we’re reading dialog and the character stops speaking and does something, or ...