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

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Chapter 10

Believable Dialogue

Deborah Halverson

Dialogue is more than characters gabbing at one another. It’s a powerful tool for exposing characters in ways they aren’t aware of, for stimulating them into action they wouldn’t otherwise take, and for revealing vital plot information in a way that intrigues readers rather than info-dumps them into a dead-eyed stupor. Above all, it creates a sense of immediacy and intimacy essential for readers yearning to connect with your character.

Your job is to make all that rich story-building stuff happen while sounding convincingly like a real person. The techniques and strategies below tap into multiple storytelling elements to influence and support the words you put in your characters’ mouths, even as ...

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