5 Ways To Write Real-Speak Dialogue

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Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

book quotesDialogue is a strange part of writing fiction. On one hand, it’s supposed to sound like real people, but on the other hand it’s supposed to advance plot. How is it supposed to do so many things?

5 WAYS TO WRITE REAL-SPEAK DIALOGUE THAT IS MULTI-FUNCTIONAL:

1. Use dialogue to show the relationships between characters.

Are they close? Make sure they share information that they’d tell no one else, or they gossip about other people. Don’t forget to have them use affectionate nicknames that show a history.

2. Avoid routine exchanges in real life conversation in exchange for the most interesting thing.

We all know the boring conversations we have throughout the day. Writing fiction means you get to avoid those mundane conversations and replace them with the most interesting things. Whenever you have your characters talk about their day stop yourself to make sure that there’s a larger point being…

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