on June 9th, 2014 at 9:34 PM
It’s been over a year since I wrote Part 4 of this series. You can see and read parts 1-4 simply by going to clicking here to go to Rick's "Dialog" category at his blog.
In this installment, I want to offer some tips on the basics of writing good dialog. Some writers struggle with dialog, while to others it comes naturally.
Why is dialog important in stories? Done well, it can be one of the best way to “show, don’t tell” because it can show the personalities of the characters, make them individuals, and help the reader to get to know them. Now, for that to happen, dialog has to step beyond the trivial and not be mundane. It’s okay for characters to greet each other, but the lines should consist of more than “Hi, Steve” or “What’s up, Martin?”
by Write Well, Write To Sell on June 2nd, 2014 at 8:26 PM
In PART 1, we discussed the use of names and addresses in fiction. Last time, in PART 2, Scott expanded on this and added his perspective. This time we’re going to delve into the use of numerical and other personal identifiers, plus IP addresses and websites. Scott’s comments apply very strongly to these. I only present them to show what you CAN do and to give you a relatively safe approach to using these identifiers if they’re required by the story.
on May 27th, 2014 at 8:24 PM
[RICK COMMENTS: After reading last week's post, Scott chimed in with some useful information from a police officer's perspective. PART 3 will continue where PART 1 left off.]
One thing a writer needs to balance is the need for realism and detail versus privacy and reliability. I understand that sometimes we want to put every last detail into the story. Maybe you have a police officer running a license plate over the radio, or you want one character to give an exact phone number or address to another. That’s all fine, but before stepping so deep into the minutiae, it helps to think about unintended consequences. Too add further thoughts to Rick’s discussion on this topic, we thought I should present the issue from the perspective of a police officer.