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In celebration of Volume 1 going to print edition due to demand, Chelle Cordero and Vanilla Heart Publishing have put together another complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. Includes more than 50 brain-starting exercises and prompts to help you get those words on paper.

Available on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. 
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines 
Published:Aug 05, 2011 
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing 
Seller: Smashwords 
Print Length: 87 Pages 
Language: English

Based on the highly successful Amazon Kindle Blog

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Sounding Real from the LBW blog

The following article was previously
published on my
Amazon Kindle blog
Living, Breathing, Writing [Kindle Edition]
on March 16, 2012…

If you are writing dialogue into your story, it should sound like real people actually talking to one another. Say the words aloud – if it feels awkward to say, it probably is.

Your character’s way of speaking should sound like a person of their class, background, ethnicity and style. That doesn’t mean that every word (or even every sentence) needs to be personalized to the point that the words become unreadable, but insert a word, phrase or accent every so often that is unique to that character
Think of a popular TV show or movie and the catch phrases that were always associated with a particular individual, like Joey Tribbiani in Friends and “How’re you doing?”, or Ricky Ricardo in I Love Lucy and “Lucy, I’m home.” Let your readers identify the person speaking by their style and not just “so and so said”.
If the character is uneducated, or crude, or drunk then they should sound different from the person who is well educated, prim and proper, and possibly snobbish. If they have an accent remember that it would probably be too confusing for your readers to decipher every word, but throwing in the occasional “accented” word will get the point across.
You can even use an occasional foreign word, but try to keep it simple so that your readers are not confused.
Si senor, I do know that yoo can not see…”or “Sir, I can tell that it is not in your view…”or “Hey dude, ya ain’t seeing it…”
The same sentiment, but as you read those three lines, didn’t you get a vision of a different person each time?
Your narrative should be short and simple as well. Don’t use a thesaurus to write just so you can use multiple words to say the same thing. If it doesn’t sound natural, it will likely distract your reader.
You can add expression to your words by using descriptions rather than excess adjectives or needless exclamation points.
Are you in here?” He whispered through the open door. or “Are you in here?” He yelled as he kicked the door open. or “Are you in here?” He spoke haltingly as he looked around the room.

Writing exercise: Write a few paragraphs about any subject. Now see if you can re-write each paragraph with no more than one to two sentences (not endless run-on sentences, please). Include all of the pertinent information by cutting out unnecessary descriptive terms and redundancy. Although your final words may sound dry because you are so limited, it is a good way to learn to tighten your thoughts.
Writing prompt: Describe the room you are in and your actions from your point of view (first person: I see, I hear…); then describe the room from the viewpoint of someone standing in the doorway and watching YOU (third person: She sat rocking in the chair…) Remember that in third-person the person describing the room cannot be in YOUR head, they cannot know HOW you feel.

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Published By: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Published: Jun 26, 2011
ISBN # 9781937227302

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Living, Breathing, Writing by Chelle Cordero is filled with weekly articles about writing, tips, trends, methods. Imagine a weekly writers’ workshop and the convenience of your Kindle!

Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me.”
~J. B. Taylor

Created in July 2009, the Living Breathing Writing Amazon Kindle Blog has seen

655 days in the top 100 Amazon blogs!

Some of the topics over the past 2 years include:
A Bit of Legalese, Creating Believable Characters, The News Release, VBT To Go, Your Own Worst Enemy, KISS, Rejecting Rejection, Marketing Yourself Online, Blogs and Websites, …and more

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Living, Breathing, Writing: A Lesson A Day
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A complete month of lessons about the craft of writing and being a writer, from time management to social networking, organizing queries to publication, and more. In the Bonus Section of this book you’ll find more than 50 brain-starting exercises to help you get those words on paper.

Writing exercise: Choose any object on your desk or in front of you, make a list of all words you would use to describe the object WITHOUT saying what the object is. See if you can have a friend guess what you are talking about by just telling them descriptive words.

Writing exercise: Write your obituary. What would you want folks to know about your life and the kind of person you were? (after you do this, it might be a little easier to write your brief bio).

Writing Exercise: Social network site Twitter allows you 140 characters and spaces (approximately 20 words) to send a message. Practice short blurbs about your day, about yourself, the content of a book, etc.

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Adapted from the successful Amazon Kindle blog (, welcome to Living. Breathing, Writing: A Lesson a Day “the Book”.
Having Chelle Cordero’s blog on my Kindle is like having an author here in residence with me. She gives inspiration, motivation, and best of all, practical advice and solutions. I love the “writing exercises” she offers at the end of each blog, as well as the “writing prompts“.