“Your dialogue is bad.”
It’s possibly the best most comforting soup and one of the most annoying criticisms an author can hear. Combined.
I hope you like it!
Sometimes you have too much squash.
It’s like when you’re writing a book and you have too much of one element? Like there are forty-two pages of dialogue, just straight dialogue. Or maybe fifty-eight pages of description, and that description is all about a paper towel on your desk that’s been there since July to catch the condensation from your glasses.
So what do you do when that happens?
You mix it up and things and make something new. Balance is key. Or something… right? That’s what all the influencer gurus say at least.
Everyone. I’ve decided to try my COOKING WITH A WRITER POSTS again. Let me know if you want me to stop.
And this one is one of my last ones. I’m channelling back. 🙂
Sometimes your writer self (the vegetarian kind) might need a bit of a pick-me-up after a long night of channeling Hemingway or any of the other dead authors of the 1900s or living authors of the 1980s.
Here is our offering, tweaked and twisted from a really good recipe (see the notes) and super yummy.
BRAVE THING I’M DOING
Pretty soon, I’m going to have a Teachable class all about the scene. It’s going to be pretty cheap and hopefully you’ll sign up and like it.
COME WRITE WITH ME!
I coach, have a group class that involves coaching and edit, and I straight-up edit things. Find out more here.
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This recipe is adapted from Billy Parisi’s and Billy’s is much more easy to follow! He also has beautiful photos on his website so you should check it out!
We are in the camper in Maine in a campground in Maine and there is a creepy man in a pop-up tent nearby and it is Maine.
Maine is where Stephen King gets inspired.
Maine is also where writers rent out their houses to make money. Cough.
So, scary thoughts are happening, people. Thoughts that can only be cured by peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that are warm. Yes! WARM!
This is not vegetarian! It’s me peanut butter.
Peanut butter should be a condiment.
IN THE WOODS – READ AN EXCERPT, PREORDER NOW!
My next book, IN THE WOODS, appears in July with Steve Wedel. It’s scary and one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Buzz Books for Summer 2019. There’s an excerpt of it there and everything! But even cooler (for me) they’ve deemed it buzz worthy! Buzz worthy seems like an awesome thing to be deemed!
You can preorder this bad boy, which might make it have a sequel. The sequel would be amazing. Believe me, I know. It features caves and monsters and love. Because doesn’t every story?
You can buy limited-edition prints and learn more about my art here on my site.
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WHAT IS PATREON? Paragraph
A lot of you might be new to Patreon and not get how it works. That’s totally cool. New things can be scary, but there’s a cool primer HERE that explains how it works. The short of it is this: You give Patreon your paypal or credit card # and they charge you whatever you level you choose at the end of each month. That money supports me sharing my writing and art and podcasts and weirdness with you.