Suspense in Dialogue

There are many ways to introduce suspense into dialogue. Suspense is the element of uncertainty. What is going on? What will happen next? Because dialogue is “people telling other people things”, you may wonder how the sharing of information can lead to uncertainty. Revelations: The realization that things are not as they seemed a minute […]

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Building Minimalist Dialogue

(Photo Credit: Pinterest)   “How could you propose to me with my wedding ring in a pizza box?” Charlotte screamed at Charles.   “I just thought it was reminiscent of our first date when we had take out with pepperoni.”   “That is not my point!” she snarled at him.     OR     […]

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The “Yes” Cliche

I was writing today and made this mistake. It brought my dialogue to a screeching halt. I had fallen victim to a clichéd “yes”. I was brainstorming alternatives when I realized that no one had ever warned me about the dangers of a clichéd “yes”. Here are some reasons to look out for it and some ways to […]

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Braiding a Dialogue Scene

There is more to dialogue than talking heads. Dialogue scenes have four threads that may or may not be enclosed in quotation marks. Talk is what makes a dialogue scene, of course. Characters communicating and clashing through words. That is the first thread. The second thread is description. Description is difficult to handle through talking […]

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Revision Step 1: Delete for Dialogue!

      This blog post looks at what to delete from dialogue in order to improve clarity, voice, logic, and flow. Dialogue is an area I struggle with but many other people love. By deleting content in your first step of revision, you won’t waste time polishing material you will only remove later on. […]

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