Weekend Links: Writing Dialogue

A lot of people assume dialogue is easy to write because ‘It’s just a conversation! I have those all the time.’ 

But real conversations are, for the most part, really boring:

  • Lots of verbal tics (uh, um, like, well, I mean)
  • Lack of conflict (How was your day? Great, yours? Pretty good!) 
  • Cliches and repetitive phrasing 

Writing dialogue that too closely mirrors real conversation will give you lots of repetition on the page. You don’t want that. Repetition is bad. It’s boring. It sucks. It’s totally lame.

All that said, here are a few essential reads re: writing dialogue that is great and awesome.

On Punctuation 

On Saidisms and Dialogue Tags:

On Pacing and Creating Conflict:

On Info-Dumping, Hollywood Narration and As You Know, Bob

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