Realistic dialogue written well can advance a story and flesh out characters while providing a break from straight exposition. Writing realistic dialogue does not come easily for everyone, though, and few things pull a reader out of a story faster than bad dialogue. It takes time to develop a good ear for dialogue, but following some simple rules and avoiding some obvious pitfalls can make a huge difference. For example, any good dialogue starts with speech patterns that sound natural to the ear.
How to Write Effective Dialogue
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Getting speech right is an art but, fortunately, there are a few easy rules to follow. Those rules will make writing dialogue easy — turning it from something static, heavy and unlifelike into something that shines off the page. One of the biggest rules in dialogue is: no spare parts. No unnecessary words.
How to Write Good Dialogue Every Time
For years, I struggled deeply with the dialogue in my stories. But stories need dialogue, and my own was suffering for a lack of attention. Finally, I decided that enough was enough. I began reading every bit of advice on writing dialogue that I could get my hands on.
December 9, by Eddie Shleyner. I had his email open. It had samples of his work, articles topped-and-tailed with dialogue.