You’re reading a new story, and you’ve just hit the first bit of dialogue between two characters.
The problem? You’re too busy thinking, “What was the author thinking?” to focus on the story being told.
It’s jarring or riddled with wordy dialogue tags. As a reader, it makes you put down the book and move on.
As an author, you realize how essential it is to write dialogue that keeps the reader locked into your story.
Are you confident in the art of writing dialogue? If you need some help, we’ve got you covered.
- Formatting Dialogue with Proper Punctuation
- Dialogue Examples
- Dialogue Rules
- Good dialogue doesn’t just imitate real dialogue.
- Good dialogue shows conflict.
- Good dialogue is purposeful.
- Good dialogue is clear and concise.
- Good dialogue should read effortlessly.
- Effective dialogue tags use “said” or “asked.”
- Less is more with dialogue tags.
- Effective dialogue tags do not use mannerisms.
- Good dialogue gives each character their own voice.
- Good dialogue doesn’t take place in a vacuum.
- Good dialogue fits the pace of your story.
- Good dialogue doesn’t bore readers with pointless small talk.
- Dialogue is not the place for info-dumping.
- Good dialogue allows for (purposeful) interruptions.
- Writing Dialogue in a Book
- Writing Dialogue in a Short Story