Writing

How to Write Dialogue

Creating dialogue is one of the most enjoyable and the most challenging parts of writing. Dialogue isn’t like real speech. If you write dialogue to resemble real speech you’ll end up with something unreadable. If you don’t believe me, record a conversation between your friends or family, then transcribe it word for word. It’s a mess! Real speech rambles and tends to be unfocused. It’s full of hesitation, confusion and meaningless asides, ums and ers and repetition.

When you write dialogue you need to create the illusion of real speech. Dialogue is more direct and succinct than speech, but it still sounds natural. …

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