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Want to write dialogue that grips your reader?

Writing dialogue isn’t about imitating a real-life conversation. It’s about giving an impersonation of it and, in the process, refining it.

A fictional conversation is like real life with the dull bits removed. If you want to write realistic dialogue, your role as writer is to select what is important and then distil it down to its essence. If you've ever struggled with dialogue in your writing let me help you. I'll be leading a workshop at Ropetackle, Sh22nd September  - 2pm - 4pm

WRITING REALISTIC DIALOGUE will help you write dialogue that grips the attention and never bores your readers.

Conversation Piece

'What's the good of a book without pictures or conversation?' Alice demanded. Her creator, Lewis Carroll, made a point. OK maybe we can forgo the pictures but  a book where non of the characters speaks (or very little) makes for a monotonous read. Writers who employ mainly narrative are unconfident (I suspect) of writing realistic dialogue. It's a pity because it is a powerful tool, not only giving characters voivces but telling the reader a lot abut their character, background location, mood, thought process, feelings...need I go on? I've never found writing dialogue difficult but for those who do my advice is this: cultivate being a listener, tune in to people's voices. Keep a notebook and write down scraps of dialogue overheard. And here is the big one: eavesdrop on conversations whenever you are in a public place. Eventually the music of dialogue will enter your brain and you'll find yourself writing convincing and realistic dialogue. 

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