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Posted: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 1:08 pm
Another great article http://www.ridethepen.com/dialogue-plot-ibsen-ghosts/
to give you an idea how hard it is for me to concentrate, it took me until 1pm to finish reading this post in between interruptions. I was constantly trying to read. Imagine trying to concentrate on my book!
3 tips for better dialogue
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Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 2:43 pm
I agree with this, but I have a question re: phonetic spelling. Didn't Mark Twain do this with Huckleberry Finn? Don't we understand (and even sympathise with) Huck's character, despite his unusual way of speaking?
Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 3:14 pm
Re: Huck Finn - the modern reader wouldn't read it. It was too much at the time, and now it would be dismissed.
Using small things shows much more than overdoing the 'accents' or forcing the reader to slow down so much they lose thread of the story ... would it now be called showing off the writerly skills at the cost of the momentum of the story?
Posted: Wed, 12 Dec 2018 3:23 pm
I think for me, the best dialogue is similar to the build-up to war - each player in the chit-chat has their own agenda, and it's clear that the words have more meanings than just the surface words. I like those bits of dialogue. Those books I read more than once, and for pleasure.