dialogue

How to use dialogue in your stories

Nowadays all fiction stories are filled with dialogue where the characters speak to each other and help to tell the story. Sometimes beginning authors are hesitant to use dialogue. This is rightly so, as it’s not easy to write dialogue. Dialogue between two characters should be written as if they live in the ‘real world’, but in this already lies a pitfall: the ‘real world’ has no plot. Everyday conversations frequently have no purpose at all and those don’t belong in a story. Necessary dialogue One way for an author to learn which dialogue is necessary for a story is to read a variety of novels that have been published over the last ten years and to study the dialogue.

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