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

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Chapter 19

Using Dialogue to Reveal Story Setting & Background

Gloria Kempton

Of all of the elements of fiction, setting has always been the most difficult for me to incorporate into my stories because, while I’m an observer of human nature, I forget to notice my environment. I take walks with a certain friend on occasion and she is forever stopping because she hears the chattering of a flicker (what’s that?) and wants to interact with it. Or she might pass a certain tree or bush and stop to touch it. Without her by my side, I notice none of these things.

What I do love is to listen to people talk. To eavesdrop. Dialogue is my favorite element of telling stories. When I learned—I can’t remember how—that I could use dialogue to reveal setting ...

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