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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Chapter Seven

Drafting Electric Dialogue

What is Dialogue?

Dialogue brings your story to life. In our heads, we are all great heroes, filled with deep thoughts and profound insights, but when we actually open our mouths, we discover those insights are never as impressive as we thought. Only our spoken words, pitted against worthy opponents, reveal who we really are and what we really represent. They force us to go on the record, determining whether we’re as persuasive or clever as we imagine ourselves to be.

Dialogue is how we reveal what we want, both intentionally and unintentionally, and it’s our best tool for achieving our goals, if we can find a way to out-talk our opponents. That pitched contest is at the heart of all dramatic storytelling. ...

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