My first novel, Sign of the Times - already out on Amazon - http://amzn.to/GKqZGd
Am improving - 1700 words today and started at 11am! Having a blog definitely helps concentrate the mind and spur me on to write. I haven't written much dialogue in the novel so far and I love writing dialogue. There was a lot of background and scene setting to do with the beginning of this novel, so that's done. Now I can get on to dialogue. Maybe I am a natural (I hope) at writing dialogue, because I am a chatterbox myself.. who knows. I do find it easy to write though. I think people spend too much time trying to think of other ways to express, 'he said', 'she said', ie retort, replied, supplied, offered, etc. I read years ago, forget all that, just use 'said'. It doesn't matter if you repeat it. And, if you look at the majority of authors, they do this.
Profiles and adverts I find more difficult to write, as usually I can't decide which is the best style. I try to get the basics down, leave it for a day and with a couple of rewrites, I get there. Am now halfway through chapter 6 and hit 14K words today. Ok, back to work - thanks for checking in. Sooz