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You need to think about precisely where the characters are, what they've been doing just before they got there, what they're seeing or doing while there, and what they're going to do right afterwards. When two people meet they don't just chat about random things out of nowhere. They're probably focused on something trivial and immediate, whether it's getting ...


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So your problem is sort of like deciding to write: John rushed into the room screaming "The Sun is exploding! Everyone's doomed!" or: John entered and that the Sun was exploding and would destroy all life soon. You can write the conversation three possible ways: a longer scene exactly quoting everything the characters say in their discussion or: ...


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Throw away idea too long for a comment. This is a common trope. I vaguely remember several versions of it in Shakespeare. Consider finding them, then writing your dialog to parallel what you read in tone, changing the content as appropriate for your plot.


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Forget the old dialog You don't state explicitly if having forgotten the old dialog trips you up or not, but in case it does, you should accept that you've forgotten that dialog. But even more, I've noticed that I'm able to tag some of my thoughts with a "brilliant" tag, only to later, when I tried it in reality it turned out that was just a tag I ...


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I've had issues with forgetting the dialogue of scenes while I was trying to write enough notes down in the moment to not forget them This means that you imagined the dialogue first in your head. If I could remember all the things that went on in my mind, I could write a book full! Many of the things I imagined I can't remember though. A true pity. I even ...


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Think about the situation, the characters, and what the characters would say in that situation. So, first, if you've been working on something for a decade, I think you're probably best off getting cracking putting words on pages. Sit down at your keyboard, and start typing! When you get to the scenes you're struggling with, consider the characters present, ...


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Wait for Inspiration... ...but in the meanwhile, if you've been working on this project for a decade, you really need to do the slogging through to get the story written. I would place holders (a bit like in this question) in the story with notes about what should go there, and keep moving on with the story. If you're anything like me, you'll be going along ...


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A good rule of thumb is that YA books can and do deal with edgy or adult topics and subject matter, but NOT in explicit detail. YA books tend to be bought by teens themselves (in contrast to MG books, which are largely bought by parents and teachers, and therefore are typically squeaky clean) which means that they often deal openly with two perennial ...


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