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March 1, 2011

Writing Tip

Filed under: On Writing — carmenferreiroesteban @ 9:34 am
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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.”

“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.

© 2010 3 Seas Literary Agency

For more tips go to: http://threeseasagency.com/tips/writing-tips

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