How to create dialogue

David G O'Sullivan

To create dialogue effectively you must be a great listener. Listen to people speak, listen to how things sound when spoken. You must however, also walk that line of making sure what you have written makes sense to the reader.

Dialogue helps the reader understand the plot, characters and atmosphere. It is necessary to allow the story to progress. It is a great tool to allow the reader into the life of the characters, to understand them to a much deeper degree. It also breaks up the monotony of description in a story.

I believe one of the most effective tools to use when writing dialogue is to read it aloud to yourself once you have created it. If it does not sound like something people would actually say in the situation they are in, then you should consider a careful edit. I have spoken to writers while making suggestions…

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