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

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Chapter 28

Talk It Out

Sarah Domet

All novels must have dialogue because it’s important to let your character speak in his or her own words. One thing to remember about a dialogue scene is that it doesn’t simply contain the words that the characters are speaking. You’ll also need to narrate the setting, the body language of your characters, action, and descriptions. Dialogue scenes aren’t just conversations but conversations that go somewhere and add to the overall trajectory of your novel.

Many of your scenes will contain small bits of dialogue, but scenes that contain a good amount of dialogue, or are composed entirely of swaths of dialogue, should come into play in your novel as well. Like action scenes, dialogue scenes are useful for quickening ...

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