I often edit authors who haven’t quite wrapped their heads around certain constants in writing yet, and one of the biggest is dialog. Every single thing I’ve said to them about how people talk is in this one blog post, so today, I’m sending you over to Kristin Lamb’s hangout.
I nodded all the way through, recognizing each point she made. I’d highlight one or two of them, but the truth is, they are all important, all true, and all worth implementing immediately.
Dialog is crucial to a story. It tells the reader who the characters are and how they feel. Getting it right is key to telling a good story. Off you go then. Say hello if you’ve a mind.
In other news: I spent more than a couple weeks thinking about, researching, and putting together notes for a new book… only to set it aside yesterday in favor of something else. The SF/fantasy story refuses to come together at this point, so I’m going to work on something else first. More about this later. (Don’t hold your breath; it may be a while.)
Have a great weekend. See you Monday with a flash fic.