Dialogue Block



A lot of the writer’s blogs I follow discuss the difficulties of dialogue. Well let me tell you, I’m discovering it now! I’m about 10,000 into my story now, so roughly 1/8 of the way through. As I am getting past the background/set-up stuff and introducing more characters I am struggling to use my dialogue in the right way and for it to get the message that i want across.

I feel like dialogue is really a tool to get to know other characters. if you story is told from the protagonists view, which mine is, the only way for the reader to create their own opinion about other characters is through the way they talk to others and their mannerisms. I get that, and I know how I want my characters to be expressed, I just can’t seem to get the words out. I have several books on how to write books: Writing & Selling the YA Novel by K.L. Going, The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner, Writing the Breakout Novel and The Fire in Fiction Donald Maass, and The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman. And I think I am going to leaf through those this weekend to see if any give me some ideas on how to proceed. I didn’t want to read these books while I was starting my book, I wanted to get a rough draft and then go back and see how they could help me strengthen. I started reading one of them and it just made me even less regular with my writing than I already am because I kept trying to makes things perfect in the first go, which we all know is not realistic. Anyway, I feel like dialogue is always going to be the hardest part of creative writing for me, but I’m ok with that as long as I learn and make some progress.

What do you guys do to try and make dialogue easier, and what do you think its most important use?

In other news – I am really enjoying A Discovery of Witches series, I’ll talk about it next week!






3 thoughts on “Dialogue Block

  1. Dialogue is definitely the hardest part of writing for me, as well. I could write exposition until the cows come home.

    I have many books on writing dialogue, as well, but the thing that works best for me is to speak my text aloud. When we read it, we have a tendency to easily skip over inconsistencies and ill-sounding words. I say everything out loud to myself at some point. It can take some time, but it’s always worth it.

    And in many books, I see long soliloquies and speeches, but this can drag the story. Sometimes it is necessary. But it’s easy to write long bits of dialogue. Most often, in real life, even if someone is long winded, we interrupt them, or make general noises of encouragement, etc. So breaking up long pieces of ranting can help move the pace of a book, and also add to your word count, because there’s more back and forth between the characters.

    Good luck! I hope you’ll keep us updated on your progress!


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