Meet Alicia Dean

At Edward Allen, we want you to get to know our authors. Each week we’ll profile one of our authors and try to dig into the story behind the story, a bit.   Please meet Alicia Dean, author of “Scarred” from our upcoming Halloween anthology, “Mysteries of the Macabre.”   Q. “Scarred” is about a Read more about Meet Alicia Dean[…]

Unclutter Your Writing by Alicia Dean

My life is filled with clutter (my house, my schedule, my mind), but I do my best to take the clutter out of writing, in my own works and in works I receive from others. Whether it’s through submissions I receive or published books I read, or even books I write, I discover many words Read more about Unclutter Your Writing by Alicia Dean[…]

Keep Your Modifiers in Place and Don’t Let Them Dangle

  Writing this blog post, my phone rang.  A man selling cemetery plots with a husky voice was calling. Okay, neither of those happened. But I thought they would serve as good examples. The first sentence is a dangling modifier; it insinuates my phone was writing this blog post (and it might do a better Read more about Keep Your Modifiers in Place and Don’t Let Them Dangle[…]

When your characters don’t talk too good…How to write better dialogue

Dialogue can be pretty tricky, but it’s one of the most important pieces of your story. Readers prefer a lot of ‘blank space’ in books, which means you don’t want paragraphs and paragraphs of narrative. You want to liberally sprinkle your story with dialogue. Dialogue can serve many purposes; it can help you show instead Read more about When your characters don’t talk too good…How to write better dialogue[…]

Opening lines….Hook your reader immediately by Alicia Dean

In today’s society, modern conveniences have spoiled us to instant gratification. We live in a rush, rush world and have little time or patience for waiting…for anything. For me, back when I was younger, reading a novel meant a lengthy relationship that I settled into, one in which I allowed myself time to become engaged. Read more about Opening lines….Hook your reader immediately by Alicia Dean[…]