Tag: dialogue
Dialogue tip: Make it clear who is talking
On January 25, 2016 | 1 Comments

Good dialogue can bring your characters to life and engage your readers by making them feel immersed in the fantasy world you’ve created. On the flip side, poorly constructed dialogue can break the magical spell of the story. When I’m reading a conversation between two or more characters and lose track of who is talking, […]

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Does your dialogue sound realistic?
On January 4, 2016 | 2 Comments

Most of us read books because we love to escape (temporarily) from reality and immerse ourselves in alternate worlds inhabited by colorful, interesting characters whose lives are much more exciting than our own. That’s certainly why┬áI read! However, while the lives these characters lead might be less than realistic, it’s important (to me, at least) […]

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Avoid confusing dialogue
On September 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a blog post last year, I discussed how first-time novelists tend to create characters who sound the same, which can make it hard for the reader to know who’s talking. Today, I want to address a few other dialogue mistakes: Having more than one character speak in a single paragraph Putting a beat in […]

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Don’t be afraid to use pronouns
On March 27, 2012 | 1 Comments

Imagine you’re having coffee with a friend (we’ll call her Julie), and she says “Oh my gosh, I have the funniest story to tell you about that guy John I’ve been seeing!” You smile and sip your pumpkin spice latte, ready to listen. Then imagine that Julie begins her story like this (read aloud for […]

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