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Chicken’n’jalapeno-filled Bread Knee

“Just fill it.”
“Fill it up?”
“Yeah, all the way.”
“You want it all…”
“All, yes… all. Keep filling. Don’t forget the— Ouch!”
“Fingers away from the cheese grater.”
“When’s it gonna be ready?”
“Just as soon as you stop bleating.”
“I’m not bleeding.”
“No. That much you’re right about.”

When writing dialogue, let the surprise use of language carry you toward some climax. Be aware of double entendre, innuendo, euphemism, puns & wordplay, and the misconstrued passage that can make all the difference to a scene.



What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

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