I’ve had a busy Friday. I not only wrote about 800 words on Meg & Matt’s story, but also finally readied the talk I’m doing on dialogue at next Saturday’s NARWA meeting.
I know, I know. I’ve been procrastinating. A more conscientious person would have started preparing long ago. Actually, I did start gathering info on what makes great dialogue a couple of weeks ago. I just spent tonight finding examples from my writing to illustrate each point.
Here’s a sneak peek of the things I’ve determined make for great dialogue:
- It moves the story along, intensifies characterization or both
- It must be true to the character
- It doesn’t necessarily sound like we talk in real life
- It can include all the witty comments we don’t think of until it’s too late
Am I forgetting or missing anything? What do you guys think?