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    Skill vs. Talent – Which Do You Have?

    Guest Post by Ryan Lanz tal·ent [tal-uhnt] noun: a special natural ability or aptitude. skill [skil] noun: the ability, coming from one’s knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well. What if you don’t have natural talent? Does that mean you may as well give up? It’s not quite the chicken or the egg debate, but it’s up there. I’ve heard people go in circles about which comes first and which is necessary. At what combination of both does one continue the grind and attempt at success? I’d be surprised if you haven’t asked yourself that question. It’s a part of being human. What does each really mean? This comes from the…

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    The Dos and Don’ts of Dialogue Tags

    by Ryan Lanz Writers use dialogue tags constantly. In fact, we use them so often that readers all but gloss over them. They should be invisible. However, there are ways to misuse them and make them stand out. In an effort to avoid that, let’s take a closer look at dialogue tags. Toward the end of “Tag travesties” is something I sorely wish someone had told me before I started writing. Why do we use dialogue tags? The simple answer is that we use them to indicate who’s speaking. In visual media, such as movies or television, the viewer can easily tell who’s talking by lip movement and camera angles.…