Tuesday, November 2, 2010 | By: Taffy

LUW-Dialogue-Julie Wright

Dialogue

The dialogue must:
Move plot forward
Reveal characters
Set the tone
Alter relationships
Can provide the back story

The dialogue must do at least one of the above or you should take it out.
Do not info dump in dialogue.
Don't need names in dialogue.

Watch out for adverbs.
Use "said" in tag lines.

Make your dialogue real.
Use action with dialogue.

Who is your character?
How do they speak? Can you "hear" the gender, area they grew up, job held, etc through speech?
What do they want?
How does it cause conflict?


What is your writing strength? Is it dialogue?


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2 comments:

Angie said...

That's a great list. I do think dialog is one of my strengths. It's fun to write. I love the different character voices.

Taffy said...

That's awesome, Angie! I don't think I have honed ANY strengths yet :) Except the great story that's lurking in my head.