I thought this was a brilliant post on dialogue. This is from “Story Empire” a blog I’ve recently become connected with. Please hop over, take a look, and give us a follow if you’ve a mind to connect. We’d love to have you follow and hope you enjoy our debut post! Staci Troilo is an editor and knows her stuff!
Well, hello there.
Funny to start this post with a greeting, given its topic. But this is our inaugural post, and I didn’t want to begin without saying hi.
Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, we can get down to business. Specifically, the business of writing dialogue in fiction.
First, a list of what to do and what not to do.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do listen to people speak in real life. This will give you a feel for speech patterns.
- Don’t repeat conversations verbatim. When people pause to think, they counter the silence with filler words and phrases (like, um, well). Unless you need to show a character pause (for example, to come up with a believable lie) omit the fillers.
- Do let readers know dialects may be heavy by certain speakers. (I considered hiring a translator to decode his southern accent.) Pepper in a phonetic…
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