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Good dialogue is important if you have a story that has any in it. Now not every story has to have it. I’ve read many great ones over the year with not one ounce of dialogue in them, but if you do have some, the quality has to be good or you have lost readers for good. The dialogue has to be real.

It Has to Be Real

Dialogue has to be real sounding. I should read it and hear it in my head in a way that sounds like it really happened. A typical five year old should not sound like a Harvard graduate. A man rarely sounds like a Valley Girl. If he needs to, then the character should be developed to support it.

Eavesdrop

Yes, I know you were taught to never eavesdrop, but as a writer it can be an exception. It can be a valuable tool if you are only using it for your writing. Let me give you a good example.

Dialogue Reflects Character

Keep in mind that when a character speaks, their soul is revealed. Think about how people at your work speak. Let me give you an example from my own workplaces.

Pull From Your Own Life

How did your husband respond when you told him you wrecked the car? What did he say, and how did he say it? Use that to create a similar scene in your stories. What better resource than real life and real people?

People Watch

I love to people watch. Everywhere you go there are an assortment of people who can help you create good dialogue in your stories. Listen to how they communicate.

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Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman. www.writerrebeccagraf.com

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