Writing Tip for Tuesday! DIALOGUE


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Dialogue Tip


How people speak is the one thing that I find writers struggle with the most.

I’m not sure why this happens, my guess is that people are focusing on trying to be a good writer instead of focusing on why the characters are saying what they are saying.

I’m here to help with that because I have so much experience reading scripts for the studios for both TV & film, as well as working one on one with writers for the last 12 years.

Maybe it’s because I talk too much—my mom used to sing me that song from the 50s–YOU TALK TOO MUCH—lol It used to hurt my feelings a little but now I embrace it. I’m a talker. I love words so much and I always have something to say—it’s who I am. If I was a character in a show or book or movie—she would talk a lot.

I’m like the real like Lorelai Gilmore and often have wondered if Amy Sherman-Palladino was sitting behind me sometime in Los Angeles and was like “I have a character now” haha I also love SNOW and COFFEE! ….okay, really joking around.. but I am a lot like that character. 

So talking is kind of my thing.

I love dialogue driven scripts, books and films, if they are done well.

Today’s TIP is to resist the urge to write in perfect grammar when your characters are speaking. I know that sounds obvious but you have no idea how many times I see this when going over other writers work. It’s like as a writer people are afraid to not write perfectly. Be careful though we do not speak in perfect grammar ever in real life so in stories your characters won’t either.

HOMEWORK—watch a show you LOVE and write down the dialogue as the characters are speaking–you will see what I mean.


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It’s Monday! New Week New Possibilities


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It’s Monday. I love Mondays! Always have. It’s a new week full of possibilities! What are your creative goals for the week?
I’m focusing on writing A LOT this week, reading, and then getting everything ready for my trip to Iceland next week for the Iceland Writers Retreat.

So for me making goals is a process. I love love love making lists, but sticking to them is a horse of a different color as they say.  That said, I’m breaking my bad habits and creating better ones, like sticking to my lists of things to do.

This week—I’m making my novel my priority. I have set aside time every afternoon from 3-6 pm just to work on the novel. That means, NO OTHER DISTRACTIONS.

The only way to be a successful writer is to write.

I’m good about writing every day but I need to focus and get these revisions done.

How about you?

Do you have a set time every day, or do you just write when you are inspired and does that work for you?

Comment and let me know.

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Check out my website at www.judaniebean.com or www.stepholivieri.com 

Have a fabulous day and week ahead!

Dialogue Tips


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I’m bringing back my Who Said That? Dialogue course—hoping to have it ready by fall 2019. If you want to sign up to be a Judanie Bean (that’s my new company) VIP please head over to my website


I will have a new site soon but for now, you can sign up via my old site.

Here is why you want to do this—are you ready?—-this is not a sales pitch—I’m going to be giving away 10 spots in this course —-yup FREEBIE—who doesn’t love freebies.

I’m doing this simply because I am building the course for writers so I really want to get feedback from YOU and roll out the best course I can in 2020, which will be full price but until then, I’m testing everything and that means FREEBIES for you!!

Hurry though because 10 goes like that * imagine I’m snapping.

What Are Your Goals Today Writers??


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My goals are to write, relax and enjoy time with my new hubby–

I know that I’ve been gone awhile but I’ve been working on my new business.. see the logo.

More soon, but I am creating content for you, CREATIVES!!

I will make s separate post for that, in the meantime–time for Thursday goals!!


Happy writing!

Letter from Stephanie Olivieri

Letters to Parkland & Beyond

Dear Parkland Students,
I hardly know what to say to you because you are stronger than I will ever be. You are braver than I ever have been. I am so deeply sad about what happened at your school, but I am in awe of your resilience, strength, and courage.
I believe in you. You are our future so for that I say thank you for standing up for what is right.

In the 4th Harry Potter book, Dumbledore says to Harry, ~~~~~ “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.” ~~~~ I always loved this quote. J.K. Rowling nailed it.

Thank you so much for everything you are doing. Please also remember that it’s okay if you have moments of anger and sadness and take care of yourselves. We need you.

With much…

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Subbing Success in 2017!

Super inspiring post!! Congrats to all.

Sub It Club

Sub It Club has so many talented, creative people dedicated to making steps towards their goals — creating, revising, and submitting work every day. We here at Sub It Club are looking forward to inspiring you to make more steps toward your goals in 2018! As 2017 comes to a close it is a whole lot of fun to celebrate those that made that end goal of publication. Let’s celebrate and be inspired to see the hard work pay off! Check out this long list of submission success by Sub It Clubbers:

Claire Bartlettsigned with agent Kurestin Armada in January with her YA Fantasy, OUR REALM IS THE NIGHT. It is scheduled to be released from Little, Brown Books For Young Readers in spring 2019! The daughter of a general and the daughter of a traitor team up to fly planes using illegal magic, in the first women’s regiment…

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NaNoWriMo and How to Win-Tips to Succeed.


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Hi Writers!!!

So it’s that time of year again and NaNoWriMo is upon us. I have done it every year since 2006 because it’s such a great way to get out a first draft.

I aim for 70,000 words because it pushes me more and I always finish. I currently write YA and when I started I was writing adult novels which generally have longer word counts. Here are my tips to make it FUN for you and so you can finish.

Me? I’m a bit crazy when it comes to writing, but I always try to finish by Thanksgiving. I divide up the word count by days. So yes, MATH.

This year Thanksgiving is on November 23rd so for me to hit 70,000 words I have to write 3043 words a day, every day. See how that works?

You GOT THIS. I know you can do it. The 3rd or fourth year I did it I was also working 50 hours a week and was in the running for a TV writing fellowship where they actually asked me to fly out a spec episode over a week. It’s about breaking up your day into units of time.

Yes, just like Will in About A Boy. Everything you do can be broken down and therefore making it seem less daunting.

Example: Gym-1 hour (1 unit), walking my dog 1/2 unit, cooking and eating dinner 2 units. Writing 3,000 words 3 units, work 6 to 8 units. Yes, your day will be longer, but that’s what it takes to be a writer–you know this, right?

Okay here is a simple list that I hope helps.

  1. Forget outlining and planning. I know there are people and places who start the NaNoWriMo outlining in Sept. Don’t do it, really it makes it much harder to hit a word count when you are constrained to an outline. You can do that in revisions. Just have a story idea, character and be FREE, you’ll love it.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to other writers. You are you and what you are writing is perfect for you.
  3. Make a word count daily plan and then hit it every day.
  4. Tell your family and friends that you are doing this and ask for the space you need to write.
  5. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day. You can always make it up, but try to stick it because it’s easier to do smaller amounts daily.
  6. Do NOT edit-this is the biggest one. Do NOT edit as you write or you could get stuck in chapter one forever.
  7. Be confident in your story.
  8. Buddy up with people on NaNo and use them as accountability buddies
  9. Be positive about you and your work even if you have those bad writing days–you can fix all of it in revisions
  10. Lastly, have fun!!!

“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!” ~ George McFly, Back to the Future tumblr_m8cibu9Ypc1rzz8vno1_500



To Those Who Are Against the Netflix Show Thirteen Reasons Why, please read.


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I don’t agree with you on your feelings. You have the right to them of course, but I disagree. I do a lot of volunteer work for suicide organizations and have for the last 14 years so this is something I know a lot about. 16195286_859398437496079_2963832611971480462_n-768x438

I think on a show that aired once a week then yes there needed to be phone numbers and warnings in every episode, but since Netflix chose to show it all at once-meaning you could binge it-I think to have that pop up ever 40-50 minutes would have been worse. I have attended more than 10 workshops about TRW since it’s release through mental health & suicide prevention organizations, on both sides, so I know the arguments and they are valid. But I still disagree.

I know it’s uncomfortable for parents, but the show was real and raw. The book and the show were exactly like my high school in the 80s. Now it’s 2017, kids are having sex, kids are bullying, kids are struggling and I loved how it showed all the kids and why they were the way they were.

It’s important to understand that just because a parent blames the show, that doesn’t make it the show’s fault. I personally know TWO TEENS who didn’t commit suicide because of the show. And there have been others who I have heard about in my volunteer work with suicide.

The press against this show is only talking about a rise, but the truth is the rise was happening anyhow.

And unfortunately, any story about suicide is going to have people, even experts on both sides saying it helps and or hurts people. I know that Jay Asher (author of the book) and the producers talked about this at length.

I hope you understand why I am responding finally. I think having an open dialogue is important, but I have been really afraid to say anything about this subject publicly.  But I have seen good come out of it too.

I think the mistake that Netflix made was allowing it to be streamed all at once. I think because of the content, they should have released it slower, once a week or once every two weeks. I think they should have had mental health and suicide disclaimers after each show IF they did that, but since they allowed it to be watched in one sitting, I think they did the right thing with the extra episode and the warnings.

These are just my thoughts about this very important show.

I’d love to hear yours even if they are different than mine, but no bashing of any kind about the show, anyone who is suicidal or has committed suicide, negative talk about suicide/mental illness, or bashing of the author or producers will be tolerated. If you are on the other side of this that’s fine. I’m simply posting my thoughts about it.

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Available 24 hours everyday.

I Wrote Picture Books Awhile Back..


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Today is talk like a pirate day and it reminded me of this book I wrote for the mobile app #Farfaria in 2013. I wrote a few for them in the two years that I worked from SoCal for them when they first got started. They have over 1000 titles. This is one of 16 that I wrote for them.

Now, I’m mostly concentrating on my YA books, but since I’m also an illustrator, I may swing back around to picture books someday.

The truth is that I love storytelling in all mediums!!

I hope you are all doing fabulous and I promise in 2018 I’m launching a lot of new things for writers, including Vlogs, blogs, tips, freebies and more!!