I was sure that till meant breaking up dirt; that until meant “up to the time of”; and, when people shortened until in speech, you wrote it as ’til – or maybe just til. But, after a little research, I learned I had it wrong.
At one of my critique sessions, the leader said I had a “tin ear for dialogue.” Ouch. Here are steps I took to make my dialogue engaging.
William Strunk’s simple admonition, “Omit needless words,” had a profound impact on my journey to master the art of writing.