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Is Three Sentences a Charm for #Dialogue?

Dialogue makes stories come to life. Readers hear the characters say the words in their minds Readers visualize their actions acting out their emotions.

Put a balance of dialogue, action, and narrative in your novel or screenplay.

Does your dialogue do all of the following?

  1. Establish character and reveal aspects of character not otherwise seen 
  2. Provide information like exposition and particulars of past events
  3. Drive action of plot forward
  4. Set the mood and tone
  5. Create subtext (Subtext is content underneath the spoken dialogue. Subtext is the unspoken thoughts and motives of characters—what they really think and believe.)
Go with your gut feeling about your particular work. Check it against these questions:
  1. Is it part of a set up/pay off?
  2. Would it be hazardous if you left out a word or sentence or would deleting a word or sentence make your story stronger? 
  3. Is this the right place in the story for a particular sentence?
  4. Would the information in this sentence be better in the text than the dialogue?
  5. Would it be better if a different character spoke certain words?
  6. Do the sentences have enough meat in them? Are they too short or too long?
  7. If 3 sentences don’t tell enough, add one sentence at a time.
  8. If you’ve got 10 sentences in a piece of dialogue, cut out unnecessary words. Make the speech natural. Cut unnecessary sentences. 

Is there such a thing as too much dialogue in a novel or screenplay?  Or not enough? How do you get the Goldilocks amount of dialogue in your novel or screenplay?

William H. Coles said, “Great dialogue in literary fiction serves multiple functions but never detracts from story progress or purpose.”

I don’t think there’s one answer. I think dialogue is weighed against the personality and needs of a character in his/her particular situation. When a character is frightened, he might talk your ears off or he might be so quiet, you wonder if he’s passed out.

But there are people who tell you that three is the magic number to measure the use of sentences in your dialogue. They say that you need to justify using more than three sentences at one time.  

A film producer told me I had too many sentences in the dialogue of my screenplay. He said that you can justify more dialogue in novels or in stage plays, but not in screenplays. So I did research to find out what was an acceptable amount of dialogue.
Listen to the dialogue of your favorite film. Count the number of sentences whenever the protagonist (main character) speaks for 15 minutes. Then count the number of sentences the antagonist or another character speaks. What did you discover? You may find the results surprising. I did.
I looked at three different screenplays and it seems they stuck to the 3 sentences per time a character speaks. Sometimes a character on the Royal Staff  in Victoria and Abdul screenplay spoke more than 3 sentences, but it didn’t seem like there were more than 5 at one time. Their sentences tended to be longer but usually stayed in the three sentence realm.
Decide for yourself. Don’t take my word for it. Check the dialogue of characters in your manuscripts. See how many sentences your characters utter at a time. 
If your characters have a lot to say, perhaps you can break it down into different speeches. 
I’ll leave you with a few quotes and 33 different resources about dialogue.

Tinzen Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama says, “Dialogue is the most effective way of resolving conflict.”

Stephen King says, “It is dialogue that gives your cast their voices, and is crucial in defining their characters.”

Alfred Hitchcock said: “When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.”

Alfred Hitchcock said, “What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.”


  1. Beth Hill. The Editor’s Blog. “Too Much Dialogue–Characters Talk Too Much:” http://theeditorsblog.net/2011/10/25/dialogue-my-characters-talk-too-much/
  2. Brian A. Klems. “The 7 Tools of Dialogue:” http://www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-7-tools-of-dialogue
  3. Cris Freese. “Keep it Simple: Keys to Realistic Dialogue (Part I):” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/keep-it-simple-keys-to-realistic-dialogue-part-i
  4. Cris Freese. “Keep it Simple: Keys to Realistic Dialogue (Part II):” http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/keep-it-simple-keys-to-realistic-dialogue-part-ii
  5. Deb Dorchak. “Getting to Know You: Character Dialogue:” http://behindthewords-bluesun.com/getting-to-know-you-character-dialogue/
  6. Diana Urban. “43 Words You Should Cut From Your Writing Immediately:” https://dianaurban.com/words-you-should-cut-from-your-writing-immediately
  7. Erin. Daily Writing Tips. “Dialogue Dos and Don’ts:” https://www.dailywritingtips.com/dialogue-dos-and-donts/
  8. Gabriela Pereira. “Nine NO’s of Dialogue:” https://diymfa.com/writing/nine-nos-of-dialogue
  9. Ginny Wiehardt. “Tips on Writing Dialogue:” https://www.thebalance.com/tips-on-writing-dialogue-1277057
  10. Ginny Wiehardt. “Top Tips for Writing Dialogue:” https://www.thebalance.com/top-tips-for-writing-dialogue-1277070.
  11. Gloria Kempton. Writer’s Digest. “How to Balance Action, Narrative, and Dialogue in Your Novel:” www.writersdigest.com/…/how-to-balance-action-narrative-and-dialogue-in-your-nov
  12. Gotham Writers. “In Dialogue, What is subtext?” https://www.writingclasses.com/toolbox/ask-writer/in-dialogue-what-is-subtext
  13. The Guardian.com. “Top 10: The Best Dialogue in Crime Fiction:”
  14. Harvey. Novel Writing Help. “9 Rules For Writing Dialogue:” https://www.novel-writing-help.com/writing-dialogue.html
  15. Irwin H. Blacker. “The Elements of Screenwriting:”
  16. Joan Y. Edwards. “What Is the Purpose of Dialogue in Your Story?” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/what-is-the-purpose-of-dialogue-in-your-story/
  17. Joan Y. Edwards. “Whose Talking? Can You Tell by Your Dialogue?” Who’s Talking? Can You Tell by the Dialogue?
  18. Joanna Guidoccio. “How Much Dialogue Is Too Much?” https://joanneguidoccio.com/2012/06/20/how-much-dialogue-is-too-much/
  19. Joanna Penn. “9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue:” https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/10/04/dialogue-mistakes/
  20. John August. “How to Write Dialogue:” https://johnaugust.com/2007/how-to-write-dialogue
  21. Karen Sullivan, Gary Schumer, and Kate Alexander. Ideas for the Animated Short: Finding and Building Stories. Published by Focal Press, Elsevier Inc, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-240-80860-4, page 166-168.
  22. Karen Sullivan, Gary Schumer, and Kate Alexander. “The Purpose of Dialogue:” http://purposeofdialogue.blogspot.com/
  23. Kira McFadden. “Ask the Editor: Is it okay to use sentence fragments in my writing? How much is too much?” http://www.novelpublicity.com/2012/03/ask-the-editor-is-it-okay-to-use-sentence-fragments-in-my-writing-how-much-is-too-much/
  24. Laurel Dewey, Visual Thesaurus. “Writing Methods: The Power of  Dialogue:” https://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/wc/writing-method-the-power-of-dialogue/
  25. Maeve Maddox. “How Much Dialogue Is Too Much:” https://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-much-dialog-is-too-much/
  26. Meredith Borders. “Top 10 Authors Who Write Great Dialogue:” https://litreactor.com/columns/top-10-authors-who-write-great-dialogue
  27. Novel Writing Help.com “9 Rules for Writing Dialogue:” https://www.novel-writing-help.com/writing-dialogue.html
  28. Screenwriters University. “20 Common Sense Script Rules in No Particular Order:” http://resources.screenwritersuniversity.com/resources/20-common-sense-script-rules-in-no-particular-order
  29. “Script Format: Dialogue:”  http://www.storysense.com/format/dialogue.htm
  30. “Subtext: The Full Wiki:” http://www.thefullwiki.org/Subtext
  31. What a Script.com. “13 Movie Dialogue Rules to Write Great Dialogues (part 2):” http://www.whatascript.com/movie-dialogue-03.html
  32. Word Counter Blog. “How Many Words in a Paragraph?” https://wordcounter.net/blog/2016/01/07/10986_how-many-words-paragraph.html
  33. William H. Coles. “Dialogue:” https://www.storyinliteraryfiction.com/essays-on-writing/dialogue/

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I am grateful for the following people who left a comment before midnight, Friday, January 26, 2018.

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#Hashtags Bring Traffic

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“#Hashtags Bring Traffic” by Joan Y. Edwards

When you write a blog post, it has an area where you put keywords, buzzwords, topics in your post.

In my blog posts, I may put as few as three keywords.  They say you shouldn’t use more than 15 keywords. Your keywords probably fit into categories. However, you would usually designate one or two keywords to use with hashtags. For this post, I made only one hashtag. Here are the keywords: #hashtags, keywords, marketing, where to put hashtags, and more traffic. You can find them listed at the end of this blog post.

Twitter uses the number symbol beside a word to denote it as the keyword in a Twitter feed (post). Other social media show these hashtags, too.

In your future blog, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Twitter posts you might want to add the hashtag symbol to one or two of the most important keywords. It may lead more traffic your way.

Andrew Hutchinson explains that TrackMaven did a study of 65,000 posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and found that Tweets using more than two hashtags see a significant drop in engagement whereas Instagram seems to handle  more words with hashtags.

Maddy Osman says that whenever a user adds a hashtag to a post, it’s indexed by the social network and becomes searchable by other users. Once someone clicks on that hashtag, it takes them to a page listing all posts with that same hashtag. If a keyword picks up enough followers, it may become “trending.”

The following three websites will help you find relevant hashtags for the main topics or categories in your posts. You can check different hashtags to see if others are already following it:

  1. Hashtag Creator
  2. RiteTag.com 
  3. Hashtagify.com 

Where to Put Your Hashtags in Social Media

Where do you add Hashtags in Instagram?

  1. On Instagram, upload picture or video.
  2. Choose to add a filter, then type # followed by text or emoji in the Caption field (example: #flower)
  3. If you want to add a hashtag to a post you’ve already uploaded, edit the caption or include your hashtag in a comment on your photo.
Where do you add Hashtags on Facebook?
  1. On Facebook, add a hashtag to the end of your post. To make a hashtag, write (the number sign – sometimes called the pound sign) along with a topic or phrase and add it to the end of your post. It makes it a clickable link to other posts from you and your friends on Facebook. For example: I just saw the cutest puppy! #dogs
  2. You can check the search bar on Facebook to see if a particular hashtag word has other posts on this subject. For example: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/amreading

Where do you add Hashtags on Twitter?

  1. On Twitter, put the hashtags at the end of your Tweet.
  2. On Twitter, hashtags do not count toward your 140 character limit.

My suggestion:

  1. Use only one hashtag in a title on a blog.
  2. Use only 1 or 2 Hashtags for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media.
  3. If you use more than one word in your hashtag, capitalize each word. #chocolate #ChocolateCake
  4. Highlight only the main topic with your hashtags so you don’t disappoint readers with very little content on a subject you hashtagged.

Resources for You:

  1. Allison M. Wood. Art of Crafts. “How to Use Hashtags to Drive More Traffic to Your Website:” https://youtu.be/_5Zmk-xixak
  2. Amy Masson. “Use Hashtags When Sharing Your Blog Posts to Gain More Traffic:” https://www.sumydesigns.com/use-hashtags-when-sharing-your-blog-posts-to-gain-more-traffic/
  3. Andrew Hutchinson. “Social Networks New Report Looks Opitmal Hashtag Use Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: https://www.socialmediatoday.com/social-networks/new-report-looks-optimal-hashtag-use-twitter-instagram-and-facebook
  4. Boot Camp Digital. “What Is a Hashtag:” https://youtu.be/-4A_wdR0Ukc/
  5. Evan LePage.”The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags:” https://blog.hootsuite.com/how-to-use-hashtags/.
  6. Facebook Help. “How Do I Add Hashtags to Facebook?https://www.facebook.com/help/587836257914341?helpref=faq_content
  7. Hashtag Creator – Put in a sentence or a phrase and it puts hashtags on each word. Then you can copy and paste it into message, letter, or blog post: https://www.all-hashtag.com/hashtag-creator.php
  8. Hashtagify.
  9. Instagram help. “Where Do You Add Hashtags to Instagram:” https://help.instagram.com/351460621611097
  10. Kevin Lee. “A Scientific Guide to Hashtags Which Ones Work When and How Many:” https://blog.bufferapp.com/a-scientific-guide-to-hashtags-which-ones-work-when-and-how-many/
  11. Krista Stevens. “Better Tagging:” https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/better-tagging/
  12. Maddy Osman.How to Use Hashtags on Every Social Media Network:” https://sproutsocial.com/insights/how-to-use-hashtags/
  13. Onsharp.com. “The Benefits to Adding Hashtags to Your Twitter Bio:” https://www.onsharp.com/the-benefits-to-adding-hashtags-to-your-twitter-bio/
  14. Penny Sanseveri. “Drive More Traffic Using Hashtags:” https://youtu.be/VyT9D7NwQnA 
  15. Ritetag.com. https://ritetag.com
  16. Scott Ayres. “How to Use Hashtags on Facebook:” https://www.postplanner.com/how-to-use-hashtags-on-facebook/
  17. Social Media Worldwide. “Hashtags Explained: What They Are And How To Use Them For Marketing:” https://youtu.be/VA4PIUEdkBs
  18. Taylor Loren. “Ultimate Guide to Using Instagram Hashtags:” https://later.com/blog/ultimate-guide-to-using-instagram-hashtags/
  19. Vanessa Doctor. “What Never to Do with Hashtags:” https://www.hashtags.org/platforms/twitter/what-never-to-do-with-hashtags/
  20. Wikihow. How to Use Hashtags with Twitter:” https://www.wikihow.com/Use-Hashtags-With-Twitter

Thank you to the two people left comments on this blog before midnight Wednesday, January 17, 2018.

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Set Your Goals – You Can Do It


“Set Your Goals – You Can Do It” by Joan Y. Edwards

Set your goals larger

This is the time to review your past goals and set your goals for the current year. Any time is a good time to look at and focus on recommitting yourself to your goals. If they are no longer meaningful to you, it is time to revise them to make the goals in your mind and on paper ones that you really want to reach.

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher had these little encouragement signs all over the room. One of my favorites was: “Make a Wish Upon a Star, take a seat and there you are.”  This showed me that if you set your eye on a goal, you can reach it.

Day 1 Title the page with your name and goals for the current year. Brainstorm possible goals. Set time to reach the goals for December 31, 2018 or 12 months after you’ve made your list. List them all on a piece of paper or in a file on your computer. Let them sit overnight in your mind.  Save file as Day 1 Goals for this year.

Day 2 Read them over the next day. Delete any goals that you have already reached or revise them to be goals you really want to reach. Delete goals that you wouldn’t care if you reached it or not at the end of the year. You want your goals to be items you feel a strong yearning to reach. Save this file as Day 2 Goals for this year.

Day 3 Read the goals again. Make sure you agree with them. Make sure you believe you can accomplish them. Revise any to make them so they not too hard and not too easy. Goldilocks goals…just right. Believable and Achievable.

Add 1-3 Images at the top of your goals to inspire you.

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Print out your goals. Post in a picture frame on the wall or on a file cabinet where you can see them every day. Revise when necessary to keep your mind positive and motivated to meet your goals and live and conquer your fears.

There are many ways to reach your goals. You know yourself better than anyone else. Choose the method that works for you. Many people make goals in their heads and are successful at keeping them. Others write down their goals. Still others share their goals with a close friend that keeps them accountable for their goals.

As for me, I like writing the goals down so that I can look at them every once in a while to see how I am doing.

If you check your goals every 6 months, you’ll be amazed when you see how many of your goals you have reached and how close you are to others. There may even be one or two you want to change and set a different goal.

Here is a link about a Harvard Business School study of goal setting that says that it’s a good idea to not only write down your goals but also write down the steps to achieve them.  Even if you don’t write down the steps, you can achieve your goal.

Good luck!
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Joan Y. Edwards

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Forgiveness Is the God in You

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Every year Christians celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to rejoice. God sent His only Son to earth so that you would have an image of him in your mind. God loves you. He wanted to have an improved relationship with man. He wanted us to be able to get to know him better. He wanted to have a meaningful relationship with us. He wanted to put himself in a form that we could know and understand. That is why He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son to earth to spend time with us. He sent Jesus to clean the slate of our sins for us. Remember that we are forgiven. God forgives you. All you have to do is ask him.

When you are baptized, you clean the slate of wrongs. When you go to confession as a Catholic, you clean the slate of wrongs.  When you forgive others, you clean the slate of wrongs that you hold against someone else.

It’s amazing how healing it is to forgive someone. It takes a burden off your shoulders. Anger and resentment send out negative feelings that turn around like a boomerang and hit you instead.  What goes around, comes around! What you sow, you shall reap!

I believe that many children and adults get mixed up and think that all mistakes are sins. Not all mistakes are sins. Any words, actions, or non-actions that are against the ten commandments would be sins.

Breaking a dish by accident is not a sin. However, if you break a dish on purpose to make someone angry, that would be a sin. It all depends upon your reason for doing it. God is interested in your intention. Why did you do it?

Follow the big commandment, “Love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself.” If you’re not showing love and respect for God, yourself, or your neighbor, think again before doing it.

If it’s something you wouldn’t want someone to see you doing on television, Facebook, YouTube, or in person, think twice before doing it. Could the police arrest you if you were caught doing this? If God, the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit appeared before you while you were doing this, would you stop? Or would you continue because you knew it was what God wanted you to do in this situation?

It’s a lot easier to forgive someone else when you’ve forgiven yourself for your wrongs.  Guilt freezes you. Forgiveness frees you. Forgive yourself for your weaknesses. What makes you weak in one area, tends to lead you to build strengths in another area.

Any time of year is a good time of year to clean the slate from your past. Let go of all the emotional pulls and ploys. Look for the good in yourself and those that you meet. God is all around you. God is within you. God is behind you. God is in front of you.

When you don’t understand where a person is coming from, pray for them.
When you’re tempted to throw pots and pans at someone, pray for them and yourself and cook them something good to eat instead.

When the news you hear unsettles your peace, pray for a solution to the problem. Don’t focus on whether you are right or wrong. Don’t focus on whether the other person is right or wrong. Focus on figuring out a solution. Ask God for a solution. Prayers help.

When you tried your best to be on time, but you were late for the humpteenth time, love yourself. Focus and see yourself on time the next time. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. It helps in all situations.

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Reblog “Improve Your Novel by Writing a Screenplay (Plus Contest Opportunity)” by Jocelyn Rish

While most authors who make it to the movie-making stage do not get to adapt their novel into the official script, you should still experiment with screenwriting. It’s a great writing exercise and can improve your skills in many ways.

I first tried screenwriting about ten years ago due to a fun online contest. I ended up loving the format. I also noticed improvements in my “regular” writing, so I kept dabbling in it. Amazingly, two of my short scripts won grants to make them into movies: Saying Goodbye and High Heels & Hoodoo. While they weren’t grand Hollywood productions, I did get to dress up for red carpet photo shoots and watch my story on the big screen. Not gonna lie, there were tears.

But as incredible as those experiences were, the true benefit to writing screenplays has been the improvements to my writing. So what kind of improvements am I talking about?

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Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God

“Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many times during the holidays, you may forget about God. You may be so busy getting ready for special celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends that you leave God out of it. He wants to be there with you. He wants to be a part of your ritual and routine. He wants you to talk with him each morning. He wants you to talk with him during the day. He wants you to talk with him before you go to sleep.

God wants to help you achieve your dreams. He wants to heal you of your ailments. He wants to increase the money you earn and save.

You might say, “I don’t know how to talk with God. He is so big and powerful. He won’t talk to someone as unimportant as I am.”

This is not true. God made you in his image. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to know the things that bother you. He wants to have a relationship with you.

If you need a reminder, put an index card on your dresser. Put an index card on your pillow. Put one on the remote control for the TV. Put a screensaver on your phone that says, “Talk to God.”

Talk to God in the morning. Talk to God at noon. Talk to God at night.

He’s always listening. He’s never too busy. If you call him on the phone and it seems he isn’t answering, think again. Check your ears to make sure they are open to new words from him. Check your eyes to see if they have on sunglasses that are so dark, you can’t see anything. Check your stomach to make sure you’re not eating foods that you know are not good for you. Check your feet to make sure you’re not walking into places you know are not good for you.

Ask God to forgive you for your mistakes and erring ways. Ask him to help you. Believe he will help you. He will be there for you. God’s got you covered. God loves you very much.
Love yourself and love others, too. Proclaim that you are a child of the most high God. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I posted this on another blog of mine. I’ve decided to combine them. I hope you enjoyed this. Good luck in all your endeavors.


Joan’s Children’s Liturgy Gospel Related items for Third Sunday in Advent – December 17, 2017. Adults will enjoy them, too.

  1. Devotional B3 3rd Sunday in Advent
  2. Crossword B3 Voice Crying Out in the Desert
  3. Wordsearch B3 Voice Crying Out in the Desert

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“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards

“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards 

In 2012, after I received an email with Lil Phoenix poem entitled “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:” I decided to put a different spin to it. God already knows the answers. I posted this on a different blog of mine in 2012. I thought you might enjoy it here. 

God Knows

“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. God knows what kind of car you drive. He loves it when you drive people who don’t have transportation.
  2. God knows how big your house is.  Joy fills his heart when you welcome others into your home.
  3. God knows how many clothes are in your closet. He rewards you when you help put clothes on others.
  4. God knows how much money you make. He increases it when you share it with others.
  5. God knows your job title. He helps you rise higher when you do your job to the best of your ability.
  6. God knows how many friends you have. He smiles each time you act friendly toward other people, even if they don’t act friendly toward you.
  7. God knows the neighborhood where you live. He is proud of all that you do your part to keep it safe, clean, neat, and orderly.
  8. God knows the color of your skin. He is happy when you treat others with respect, regardless of their skin color.
  9. God knows your strengths and weaknesses.  He celebrates when you accept yourself and others as you are and choose to follow in His footsteps.
  10. God knows how many people you meet on His path. He rejoices when you take time to encourage others on their trails  He loves you very much.


  1. Lil Phoenix. “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:”  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ten-things-god-won-t-ask-on-that-day/ 
  2. “God Won’t Ask:”

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