Dialogue is one aspect of writing fiction on which many inexperienced writers stumble.
I know I did.
In my early years my dialogue was… well… to be frank, it was appalling. I didn’t know what I was doing. Years later I still struggle, but it comes more easily and, I hope, sound more natural.
Some thoughts on dialogue
- Dialogue is tricky – it takes plenty of practice to get it right.
- Dialogue is not like conversation, so don’t record everything a character says.
- Make dialogue authentic and realistic – this takes practice.
- Dialogue must move the plot along.
- Dialogue can show character in a more powerful way than mere narrative.
For a longer discussion on this aspect of writing, Joanna Penn on her blog The Creative Penn has an article called My Dialogue Sucks: tips for improving dialogue in your novel. It’s well worth a read.
‘Good writing,’ said Trevor. ‘I hope you get the dialogue right.’
‘Thanks,’ said his readers. ‘That was most helpful.’