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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Words to Write By: On Dialogue

I am so loving my subscription to Writer's Digest, though it's been hard to find time to sit down and read! Still, I keep finding some amazing tidbits of information to pass along.


The overwhelming fault in dialogue from many newer writers is dialogue that doesn't sound genuine. It's just not how real people in the real world talk. -"Writing With A Natural Voice," Larry Brooks, Writer's Digest Mar/Apr 2012

Dialog is NOT a place to info dump.

Dialog should sound like a REAL conversation, not the witty, fabulous remarks you've carefully crafted in your head. (We all know that we never think of that great comeback on the spot . . .)

You should READ your dialogue OUT LOUD and listen to what it really sounds like, off the page.

Dialogue is hard. It just is.

Brooks goes on to suggest sitting down somewhere and listening to people talk around you. Record it. Take notes. Figure out how people's conversations happen in real life.

And on that note, good luck.

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I've been writing since I was old enough to grasp a crayon--my grandma even has an early copy of a "book" I made her. I have a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Wyoming and will (hopefully) soon be starting a graduate program in English. When I'm not breaking up impromptu UFC fights in the living room or losing miserably to my boys at Uno, I'm ... well, writing or editing, of course! I'm married to my best friend, and we have three rambunctious but simply amazing little boys.


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