…he said, she said… dialogue as ‘voiced’ on the written page by Author pal, Eric J Gates…

Excellent advice on writing dialogue by Eric Gates, published author.

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…my mate, thriller Author supreme, Eric J Gates, knows more than just a thing or three about great writing… his new book, PRIMED, is launched as I type, a sequel to the maestro’s terrific, the CULL, the first of which series happens to be on offer FREE right now…

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…here’s several excellent scribbling pointers for the rest of we quill-scrapers:

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‘Dialogue, that’s what we need!’ she said

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Should dialogue in novels be real?

A definitive answer?

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UNDER THE BRIDGE

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction–April 17th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members just click on the link below, then click on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/sunday-photo-fiction-april-17th-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 3+196 = 199 Words

UNDER THE BRIDGE by P.S. Joshi

Overhead cars and trucks sped by, each to its appointed destination. Under the bridge a different scene took place.

“Jeff”–Frank leaned in closer to the fire–“how’d you end up here? You got a good education. I can tell by the words you sling around.”

“Well, my old friend,”–Jeff sighed–“First I drank too much. Then it was all those cocktail parties the boss insisted I attend when I already had a drinking problem. Finally, he fired me because he smelled alcohol on my breath at work. That’s what you call a double standard.

“Next, my wife left me and took the kids, and dog. I couldn’t blame her. I lost the house but kept on drinking. I just plain gave up. So, you see me as I am now.”

“Buddy”–Frank raised a wine bottle to his mouth and took a gulp–“ain’t there nobody for you to go to in trouble? No other family around?”

“Well,”–Jeff took a swig from a whiskey bottle–“my sister’d want me in rehab.”

“My man, do it.”–Frank coughed and lay back on his blanket–“You won’t last long out here. I’m about done for myself.”

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THE BOOK OF THE ICKYCONIANS

 

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Here we all are for another week. Today we’re in a virtual city hall in a large city. Our hostess for this gathering is the talented and gracious writer and artist, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. We’re the Friday Fictioneers group. Our challenge this week and every week is to write an original story with no more than 100 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. This week’s prompt was supplied by Kent Bonham. Thanks, Kent.

To read the other stories by the group, just click on the link given below, then on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link for this week’s stories is as follows:

https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/13/15-april-2016/

Genre: Humor Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE BOOK OF THE ICKYCONIANS by P.S, Joshi

If I’d known the danger I’d face, even I, Zelda Prichard, Head of the Outer Reaches Planetary Rangers, might have fled in fear.

I strode into City Hall, having only been told it was a vital mission. There I saw a seemingly alien book recently taken from the underground vaults and on display for our viewing.

The President had flown in on Space Force One and was also viewing the book for the first time. She turned to me and stressed, “Commander Prichard, it’s your official duty to return this sacred book to the Ickyconians, our sneaky, nasty sworn enemies.”

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THE PLANT

 

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This story was written for Sunday Photo Fiction — April 10th, 2016. Each week the host, Al Forbes, provides a picture prompt. The challenge for each member of the group is to write an original story or poem with no more than 200 words and inspired by the prompt.

To read the other stories written by group members just click on the link below, then click on the little blue frog in the blue box.

The link to the other stories this week is as follows:

https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/sunday-photo-fiction-april-10th-2016/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 2+200=202 Words

THE PLANT by P.S. Joshi

When the chemical plant first decided to build in Shaffertown the townspeople were delighted.

“There’ll be more jobs for our citizens,” boasted Mayor Markem.

There were long lines at the application office. Job interviews and hiring began.

Joey Wister saw the company president grocery shopping one day. “He looks like a big hungry wolf,”–he thought as he put groceries in his own cart.–“I can almost see fangs, and the hungry look in his eyes is the same a wolf gets when it spies a sheep. I remember the one I saw when I was in the mountains with Dad.”

“Joey,” his mother said when he told her–“you have a big imagination.”

The plant had been up and running for about six months when the overpowering stench from the river was noticed. Then a glut of dead, swollen fish started floating downstream.

Inspection by the Fish and Game Department found the plant had been dumping chemicals straight into the water. A court case was filed  that went on and on.

Swimming was prohibited.

Dave Jenkins found his well water was contaminated, undrinkable. He had to put in an expensive filter system.

It was next discovered Shaffertown’s ground was poisoned.

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Asimovs Sci-fi is always accepting:

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Asimov’s Science Fiction: Always Accepting Unpublished Fiction

Written by A Guest Author | March 31, 2016

Written by Eleanor Matama

Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine is one of the better-paying markets there is out there, for science fiction content. This science fiction magazine predominantly favors character-oriented short stories and poetry.

Asimov’s Science Fiction is very flexible as to what constitutes a short story. You can submit a short story between 1000-20,000 words for consideration without worrying about it being rejected. Any science fiction manuscript outside that range though, has a very small chance of being accepted. Asimov’s science fiction magazine also does not accept serialized works.

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