Category Archives: Dialogue

Hidden Emotions: How To Tell Readers What Characters Don’t Want To Show

One of the struggles that comes with writing is when a character feels vulnerable  and so tries to hide their emotions as a result.  Fear of emotional pain, a lack of trust in others, instinct, or protecting one’s reputation are … Continue reading

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Using Colloquial Speech To Spice Up Dialogue

Hi everyone! The rush of New Years is over, and I hope you are all well rested, sober, and ready to tackle 2014. Have you created a simple Business Plan For Writers to help you define areas of development and … Continue reading

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Communication Breakdown

Ironically, it’s often in the ways conversation breaks down that you can best lend verisimilitude to your dialog… This is the teaser for today’s post, contributed by David Corbett, who’s here to talk about dialogue. It’s an essential part of … Continue reading

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Dontcha Know How Ter Write Dialects, Y’all?

Dialects and accents in fiction are a particular source of contention for me. One of the characters in my historical fiction is a Native American girl who speaks English as a second language. Critique partners and my own ears have … Continue reading

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Talk Amongst Yourselves: Realistic Dialogue

Saturday was Date Night (woohoo!) and while we were out, I realized a few things. First, I recognized that while going out to eat pre-baby was merely fun, it’s now necessary to my sanity. Secondly, as nice as it was … Continue reading

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