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

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Chapter 23

Constructing Scenes with Dialogue

Jordan Rosenfeld

Dialogue is one of the most versatile elements of fiction writing because it can achieve multiple effects. When done well, dialogue can even be a scene-stealer. Most of the great lines in literature were spoken by characters, not narrated. This chapter will focus on scenes that are composed primarily of dialogue—not scenes with the occasional line of dialogue tossed in.

Dialogue scenes find their way into narratives of all genre types because of the versatility of conversation, so undoubtedly you’ll wind up using these scenes. When dialogue is done right, it tends to feel fast, and therefore can be used to pick up the pace and propel your plot and characters forward. Dialogue is a ...

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