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Crafting Dynamic Dialogue by Cheryl St. John, Writer's Digest Writer's Digest Editors

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Chapter 1

He Said, She Said

Jack Smith

To write great fiction, you must be able to create complex, memorable characters, engaging plots, and vivid settings. You must also be able to create scenes that move, ones that aren’t labored or dull. Unless you’re writing narrative scenes, this means handling dialogue—and handling it well. When dialogue is rich with energy, characters come alive on the page. The various complexities of the human being are made manifest in what is stated, as well as what is left unsaid—and in the apparent motives behind both speech and silence. It takes some doing to pull all of this off, but that’s what it takes to write great dialogue.

The Process of Writing Dialogue

Like every other aspect of fiction writing, crafting ...

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