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

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Chapter 6

The Source of Great Dialogue

Elizabeth Sims

Dialogue—the words people say—is a huge component of good writing. Because fiction or nonfiction, no matter what you write, you’re going to write stuff that somebody said. The more convincingly you do it, the more you will awaken your readers’ heartbrains (your readers’ whole, deepest self) and bind them to yours.

More than anything, I want to help you understand dialogue so that you can begin to think about dialogue as professional writers think about it—as a component of writing that’s alive and totally your servant.

First off, let’s get in the mood.

How We Talk

Gather your writing materials.

Find a comfortable place.

Enter garret mode. (Note: A garret is an attic. Attics are places where ...

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