Dialog in Fiction
I stumbled across a lode for creating realistic dialog in a surprising book. Before I get to that, let me just highlight some key elements that dialog in fiction must perform.
- Convey plot information
- Display the speaker’s attitude, background, and social strata
- Sound like people speak
- Create tension between the speaker’s goal and the other’s goal
The tension between the speakers can be nearly verbal fisticuffs or it can be a mental tug-of-war