Thursday, July 1, 2010

Sounding Real

More about dialogue . . .
  • Most people don’t speak in perfect grammar.
    • Real speech is sloppy.
    • People leave out words, compress phases into single words, use contractions, interrupt each other and talk in slang.
    • Your dialogue should be the same--in moderation . . . too much can slow down the reader . . . NOT what you want to do, either.  
  • Listen in public to the many different ways different people talk, and notice that how a person talks depends on whom they’re talking to.
    • Incorporate any appropriate juicy bits you hear in your own writing.
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1 comment:

  1. Kind of reminds of the speech that actors read from a script. :)