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

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Chapter 12

The Quirks of Using Dialogue in Science Fiction & Fantasy

Steven Harper

A character from Louisiana doesn’t speak the same way as a character from London, and a character from three dimensions over won’t sound like a native to this world. And imagine the slang that might spring up if elves publicly showed up and made themselves at home in Detroit. Introducing supernatural elements to a book naturally changes the way the characters speak and will likely have a significant impact on the narration.

The Importance of Dialogue

Human conversation grabs the mental ear—it’s a chance to eavesdrop on something fascinating—and it’s the reason dialogue remains the main thing readers want in a book. In fact, dialogue is one of the stronger opening ...

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