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

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Chapter 17

Dialogue as a Means of Pacing

Gloria Kempton

“Let’s see,” the small-town, slow-talking cop said as he stood outside my window.

It doesn’t matter if he was slow talking, fast-talking, or a deaf mute—cops intimidate me.

“Looks like you were doing about sixty-seven in a fifty-five mile-per-hour zone. Well, I suppose I’ll have to write you up.”

Whatever. Just hurry up so I can get back on the road and out of this humiliating moment sitting here in my car hanging out with you.

I can’t believe it, I grumbled to myself as he returned to his patrol car to write me up. Almost twenty years without a ticket and here I am. I mean, really, I would have hit the twenty-year mark in another year or so.

“Okay, I’m just gonna make it sixty-five instead ...

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