Friday, January 1, 2010

More on Dialogue in Your Story

In the above linked article, author A.J. Barnett provides a kind of beginner's overview of how and why to effectively utilize dialogue in your story.  It's a nice addition to my recent articles on the use of action leads and inserts in lieu of awkward dialogue tags.
If dialogue is a sticking point for you, read the article.
As to his claim that "Up to 50% of your novel could be dialogue," I would highlight the words "up to."  Some genres require more dialogue than others, just as some genres require more setting (historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, for example).  If you're unsure of whether you use enough dialogue in your piece, seek feedback from trusted sources, not the least of which is your editor.  (What, you thought I wouldn't throw that in?)
Enjoy, and as always, remember this:
To write well, you must work hard.  To succeed in this tough gig, you mustn't be lazy.


The Book of Dialogue - Lewis Turco

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