Great tips here on writing dialogue, from Luccia Gray.
I love writing dialogue and I include plenty of dialogue in my novels, but I also find it’s one of the hardest parts to get just right.
Writing the dialogue itself isn’t so demanding, it’s padding it with all the necessary contextual information within a novel that causes the problems.
Here are some notes I’ve made for myself to remind me of what I need to think about and do to make my dialogues relevant, vivid, authentic and natural.
Dialogue is a great way to show (not tell) the reader about character and plot.
Think about the purpose of the exchange, and remember that every scene in the novel should:
1) Show character Or 2) Reveal plot
1- Show character
This can be done subtly or specifically, depending on the importance of the character or the aspect you want to disclose.
What does the character say? And how…
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