116: How to Write Dialogue

How to Write Dialogue

Tips for Creating Quality Dialogue

September 14, 2018


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A while ago on the Institute's Facebook page, someone was asking about dialogue, which made me think again about this important writing tool. And if you’re writing to self-publish you really need to know about how to write dialogue. Readers love dialogue because it makes a scene and a character come to life. Dialogue puts us into a  specific moment within a story and that's a powerful thing for readers. But many writers struggle with dialogue and with making it feel lively, purposeful, and real. So what should you do first in the pursuit of good dialogue?

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Mamie Johnson
September 24, 2018

I'm writing a fiction novel, and it has much dialogue. I also will be self-publishing. I am wondering whether I am performing dialogue correctly between two people. Please show me an example, can you?

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