Sunday, October 18, 2009

Natural Dialog

Good start on chapter 27; 47,263 word count

Writing tip:
Listen carefully to the way people really talk. You will find repetition, unfinished thoughts, and asides. I often read the transcripts from news talk shows. Those really show how a straightforward speech isn't straight by any means. Not that what the commentator is true, it just comes out as a bit bumpy. And these people are trained to talk! So when you write dialog, don't forget to add a bit of human error. Not too much, just a bit.

"Yes, yes, I'm sure they did. But that is what alerts us to the fact that they are not . . . rather, what they appear to be doing is merely a cover for what they are really doing."

1 comment:

  1. Ahh, sad'y I kind of do that naturaly, often too much, I start to loose the train fo thought and often just start over. Thanks for the tip Mrs. P!