by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban
Here is a great tip from Three Seas Agency:
Dialogue is Not Conversation:
There is no room for bad dialogue in a good manuscript. Example:
“Hi, how are you today?”
“I’m fine. How are you?”
“Better today. I was sick yesterday.”
“That’s too bad. I’m glad you’re better.
“I’ve gotta go now. Bye.”
NOTE: The above is conversation, not dialogue.
Dialogue’s only purpose is to move the story along. If it doesn’t, and it sounds like conversation, DELETE IT. Try not to have a character answer a question directly. It’s better to answer a question with a question or to refer to something else.
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