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

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Chapter 13

What Dialogue Can Do For Your Story

Gloria Kempton

Believable dialogue doesn’t just give your characters life. If done well, it can accomplish so many other goals in your story. Through dialogue, you give readers a very real sense of a story’s setting. Dialogue can reveal your characters’ motives and opposing agendas. It can even communicate your story’s theme.

We fiction writers tend to stress out when we’re trying to create believable dialogue for our characters. But by breaking down the process and following some simple dos and don’ts, writing dialogue can become a more natural process—as natural as talking.

Don’t Worry About Perfection

Dialogue is the one element of fiction where you have to worry least about getting it “right.” ...

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