Answers to Your Questions Found in the Cow Pasture

 I’m having a wonderful time participating in, Robert Lee Brewer’s,  2015 October Challenge. The Writer’s Digest has been a favorite resource for me since the day I began writing in earnest. So, when the opportunity came to take part in a challenge focused on building and/or improving my platform, he could count me in.

It’s day 15 and I’m pleasantly surprised to find myself ahead of the gameso to speak. Yesterday, while chatting on Twitter with fellow challengers, several people expressed confusion regarding #hashtags. I’m not the expert when it comes to Twitter, but I did my best to answer their questions. The conversation reminded me of an idea for my blog, I’d been tossing around for a while, and decided now was the time.

Each week I’ll answer questions on writing, blogging, or any related topicposed by my readers. I understand many of my readers are way ahead of the curve, but we all have questions from time to time, regardless of one’s experience. I don’t profess to know all the answers, but I can share what I‘ve learned and what the experts say.

So, here’s your chance, ask away. I’ll do my best to find  the answers. Leave your question(s) in the comment section below and check out the first Q & A in my next post.

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story. And as always, you can follow me on Facebook at SheilaMGood, PinterestBloglovinTwitter @cofcmom, and Contently.

Want to Know How to Write Realistic Internal Dialogue?



As a writer, we want our characters to come across as credible and believable. Internal thoughts are part of bringing our characters to life. So, what is the correct way to write  what characters are thinking?

Reasons to Use Internal Dialogue:

  1. To make  characters real to our readers.
  2. Show vulnerability – to help connect readers to the character.
  3. For dramatic effect – when you want to emphasize something important. Readers tend to remember emphasized moments.
  4. To show the character’s motivation.

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Ways to Show Internal Dialogue

  1. Using the tag, “He thought.”   I wish Stephen would leave well enough alone, she thought.
  2. Italics:  Why can’t Stephen leave well enough alone?  Italics are  my favored method to show internal dialogue.
  3. Intermingling thoughts with narrative.  Claire stared out the window. Why couldn’t Stephen be happy with the status quo? She didn’t have a clue what answer she’d give him this weekend.
  4. Using quotations – for the most part,  is not recommended, even single quotations. Because quotations denote dialogue, it can confuse to the reader.

Do you find one method preferable over another? Why?

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story. And as always, you can follow me on Facebook at SheilaMGood, Pinterest, Bloglovin,  Contently, and  Twitter @cofcmom.

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