Dialog in Fiction

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


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