You finally have a moment to write, but what to do with your limited time? Here’s a practical prompt to kickstart the story you’re working on right now. The clock is ticking, people. Start writing.
When characters speak, they say things. They don’t “smile” them or “grin” them. Said is best, but yelled, shouted or cried are appropriate in moderation. Go through your novel to make sure your dialogue isn’t attributed to gestures.