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Pre* – Proofreading and Editing

The Safe House brings you Pre*, a proofreading and editing service that gives you more.

At Pre* we will help you:

  • obliterated parking sign close upcheck for spelling, punctuation and grammar errors and issues of sentence structure.
  • communicate your meaning and your voice to your audience.
  • get your message across clearly and accurately.
  • develop your writing, proofreading and editing skills.
  • make the most of your communication.

Pre* can help all sorts of writers with all sorts of writing. We will help you with:

  • assignments, essays, portfolios, dissertations.
  • job application forms, introduction letters personal statements and biographies.
  • flyers, leaflets, posters, business cards.
  • reports, e-mails, business and official letters.
  • blog posts, stories, poems.
  • long texts, short texts.
  • fiction or non-fiction.

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The First Time They Met

The First Time They Met

(A Flash Fiction Writing Session from The Safe House)

ceilingThis session is about imagining, creating and writing dialogue. That is, a spoken exchange between characters.

Young and talented Canadian creative writer, Christine Fichtner uses dialogue to great effect, in her piece, ‘The Attack’.

She uses tags sparingly and only for purposeful effect. Her use of dialogue exposes her characters and their relationship to the reader, creates tension and moves the story forward. And, to cap it all, she demonstrates precision control over the tricky task of properly punctuating speech.

There are plenty of resources that give advice on writing dialogue. Here are some of them:

writetodone.com

ywp.nanowrimo.org

fictionwriting.about.com

And here is the Wikipedia page on dialogue in writing.

en.wikipedia.org

Activity:

Simple and straightforward. Create and write a dialogue between two people.

Stimulus:

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The stimulus is this brief extract from Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan. (Click the image to enlarge)

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Guide:

Continue the dialogue between the two people. There is very little information here, so how you carry on is pretty open.

Take a look at the dialogue writing tips in the links above and then have a go.

Word count and process

About fifty words of dialogue? It’s up to you, really. It doesn’t need to be long. Dialogue is a part of fiction writing, not the main focus.

As always, you should take time to read what you have written, change words, add words, delete, edit and all that. But something you do need to do really carefully this time is to focus on punctuation.

Take a look at this link to help you with punctuating dialogue consistently and accurately.

theeditorsblog.net

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Make sure you are happy for people to read your writing!

What next?

italian-dog-logo2.jpegIf you feel like it, or if you want some ideas about how you can develop what you have written, you could share it by sending it to The Safe House at:

share@thisisthesafehouse.com

Here at The Safe House we will give you feedback to support you in what you are creating!

 

Pre* – Proofreading and Editing

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