Oh, then there is the ultimate spring cleaning that I do. This year was a little different for me because not only did I do spring cleaning in my home, but I also added items that I cleared to my corner of my family's antique store. I worked all weekend packing things from my home and carrying to FAMILY TREE ANTIQUES & TREASURES located in Bay St. Louis, MS. Here are a couple of my treasures added to the store. If you see something you like, let me know and you can purchase it and I can ship it to you.
The store is full of crystal antiques, glassware, and more.
Another angle of the section called Mel's Marbles.
See the necklaces hanging on this, most are the necklaces like the one Jackie found in the antique store in my novel Never Stop Running.
Look at the fabulous vases, trinket box, and platter from Ivory Dynasty. These are true collector's items.
I have antique lunch boxes and comic books. I also have my books The Keystroke Killer and Never Stop Running which are autographed available too. Oh, BTW, this is the antique store that Jackie, my main character in Never Stop Running visits. I also have the necklaces pendant domed watches available for sale.
SPRING CLEANING YOUR MANUSCRIPTS BY ELIMINATING DIALOGUE TAGS
Challenge Step - Use the find and replace area in Word and locate the word 'said.' Once you find it, look at your dialogue. Ask, is the tag necessary? If you can remove it without losing who said it, do so. Make sure you adjust your punctuation mark to a period. Once you remove the dialogue tag, make sure it is easy to understand who is saying what. Remember when writing, it is important that your dialogue is strong and reflects the character. If you are successful in that area, the dialogue tags can be eliminated. If you are confused by who is saying what without a dialogue tag, then add a character's action or feeling. Look at my example below:
"I am so glad you came," Martha said as she rolled her eyes.
"Thank you for inviting me," Tom said with a smile.
"I wouldn't think of any other person that I wanted to come," Martha mumbled beneath her breath.
"What was that?" Tom asked, "I didn't quite hear you."
The above example is correct in every sense, grammar, structure, and punctuation. However, I added the bold font to the dialogue tags that aren't necessary. Now read the example where I eliminated the dialogue tags and added the action of the characters. Notice how easy it is to read now.
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