May 25, 2011

Writing Pointers from Pennwriters -- Dialogue

A few little things I learned about dialogue and point of view.

  • It's okay to zoom in and out of your character/change POV as long as it's for a good reason. (To show a character's thoughts, for example.) Your english teacher would tell you it's not technically correct, but this is fiction.
  • Cut junk talk like "Okay", "Fine", or "Yes"
  • Avoid having a character answer a question directly. It's a great way to increase tension.
  • Read it ALOUD!
  • Try to make your characters sound unique. You should be able to take a random line of dialogue out and know who the speaker is without dialogue tags.

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