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Dialogue don’ts

Dialogue is where an author most clearly shows her depth and mastery of craft. Learn to do this piece well, and you’ll be far more likely to carry the interest of an agent, editor and reader.

Modern novels are dialogue-heavy. We are, after all, a cinematic society. We’re used to a lot of talking on screen, giving us an immediate experiential sense of who the characters are–or rather how they are.

This post is on what not to do in dialogue, since avoiding these errors will clear the decks for you to move on to dramatic and character-based dialogue.

Repeating names.

“Thanks, Sarah. I needed that.”

Think of how many times in the day you say your spouses name. Almost never, right?

Revise: “Thanks. I needed that.”

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