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When writing a narrative piece, dialogue can make all the difference!
Read on to learn how to make your writing shine with dialogue.
The word dialogue can be traced back to the Greek word dialegesthai, meaning "to converse". And that’s exactly what dialogue is all about -- conversation.
That’s why, in the example above, the first sentence structure is meh while the second is great.
Dialogue is a conversation, and great dialogue allows readers to play the conversation in their head, as if they were really there.
Watch How to Write GREAT Dialogue, from Abbie Emmons, to learn six tips for writing great character dialogue:
One of the most important uses of dialogue in narrative writing is to reveal something about your character to the reader in order to develop the character.
Think of your character as a plant. Over time, plants change and grow much more complex. Now, think of a seed.
- It’s a bit boring compared to a large sunflower, right?
If you want your characters to be interesting, real, and complex, you can use dialogue.
You can use dialogue to reveal:
- backstory or background
- thoughts and feelings
Let’s take a closer look at some examples.
Backstory or Background
Thoughts and Feelings
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