Interesting: D is for Dialogue
Welcome to Day 4 of our story-oriented Blogging A to Z challenge. Today, we’ll be picking apart dialogue, which feels like it should be easy, doesn’t it?
Here’s the thing: dialogue can make or break a story.
No pressure, though.
Good dialogue weaves seamlessly into the narrative. Bad dialogue…
Well, bad dialogue makes readers close the book. Or in the case of me, throw the kindle.
Dialogue has a lot of jobs to do. On the surface, it shows two or more characters interacting. It should also reveal character traits, move the plot, and offer subtext and foreshadowing.
Oh, and it can’t be weighed down and boring.
And it should imitate actual speech, meaning there won’t be all complete sentences. It shouldn’t be “on the nose,” where the character says exactly what they mean. Like this:
“I have a problem with women because my mother abandoned me when I was eight. She…
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