By: Art Holcomb
Here is a truth about human beings
. . .
Before there was writing, there was talking.
Dialogue is the most trusted and most human aspect of
. Sure, we love the action
and the conflict, but what we seek in a story in order to make it real for us
is what the characters actually say to each other. We often skip to that part
in a novel because we find it the most relate-able part of any story. It’s what
we most naturally connect with. story
Dialogue is the vital part of every narrative.
Without it, all you have is
As a writing instructor, I spend an extensive amount of time going over the dialogue in my students’ work. . . . Because dialogue IS tough.
Common questions are:
- “How do I make it sound less like writing and more like talking?”
- “How do I decide what needs to be said and when?”
- “How do I manage the subtext?”
where I put in all the exposition?” Is dialogue
What’s important to note is that these are all issues which plague writers at every level. Getting the dialogue just right is the difference between a story that grips the reader and one that gives them a reason to lose interest and slip away.
But exactly what is
? dialogue’s role
Let’s start with what I think is the single most important tool you can have on the subject:
The Purpose of Dialogue is not to TELL the story.
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