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Characterization Through Dialogue

This is something that I see debated often and probably will continue to be a topic of discussion; I think because there isn’t any one right answer. Odd characters are fun to write so writers like to create them. And odd character often speak in odd ways. Or if you’re trying to portray a certain group or character by their/the character’s speech pattern, trying to make them stand out, dialogue is one way to do that.

But as K.M. Weiland notes in the post below, if you use slang, or even odd speech ticks, I agree, that a little goes a long way. Part of the reason for this is you don’t want the reader to stop and have to really look at a word(s) to try and interpret what you’re trying to say. Text should flow easily through the readers mind. An odd word here and there probably isn’t an issue, but if you make the reader stop too often, they may decide they need to unload the dishwasher instead of continuing to read your book!

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Authors need to get the nuances of slang in dialogue right, because smart readers will always recognize phony speech patterns.

Source: Slang in Dialogue: Use It Sparingly – Helping Writers Become Authors

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How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

The fastest way to improve your story is to write dialogue that dazzles. How? Give each character an opposing goal, and stick to “said.”

These are 2 of the 6 strategies Joslyn Chase writes about in her post about dialogue.

Chase makes good points in her post and I would add, formatting dialogue in a variety of ways also makes reading a more interesting experience. For example, add the dialogue/attribution tag before the sentence or in the middle of a couple of sentences, as well as at the end.

And don’t forget, you only need an attribution (or dialogue) tag, if the reader won’t know who’s talking.

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Source: How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

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