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

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Chapter 21

Using Dialogue to Set the Mood & Facilitate the Emotion

Gloria Kempton

“I’d rather be working at Taco Bell!” I told my friend as I climbed out of her car after a heated discussion about my current editorial job. Nothing wrong with Taco Bell, you understand—that’s not the point. The point is I was over-the-top tired, angry, frustrated, disappointed, and done with my job. I spoke those words with so much emotion that they haunted me for days and I eventually quit my job.

The words that you say, scream, or whisper to others with the most emotion are the ones that you remember. The words that others say, scream. or whisper to you with the most emotion are the ones you remember.

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