S3E8 – Writing Dialogue

It’s time for one of our nuts-and-bolts writing episodes! Nearly all fiction will contain dialogue in one form or another, so today Chase and Amy chat about their own approaches to writing it. We talk about topics like knowing the history of your character to make their speech feel more individual, and whether you need to research real-life social groups to get their slang right.

We also cover things we think you should avoid in your dialogue, whether it’s trying to perfectly emulate real speech (pro tip: just don’t), or giving every character an accent in an attempt to make them stand out. Ultimately, dialogue is an important part of your writing, but not one that needs to be agonised over. Quite often, when it comes to dialogue quirks and character voice, less is more!

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