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amandaonwriting:

How To Write Great Dialogue
Modern novels are filled with dialogue. More than 50% of your book should be filled with characters talking to each other. Beginner novelists are often afraid of dialogue and they should be.
Writing dialogue is complicated. An author has to give the impression that characters are speaking as if they existed in a real world. However, ‘real world’ dialogue is the kiss of death in a novel. Real life has no plot. Most everyday conversations have no point. They exist for the sake of appearances. They are made up of exchanging greetings and pleasantries. Small talk is just that and has no place in your novel.
Writing Tip: An interesting way to test this for yourself is to tape a series of conversations and write them down exactly as the words are spoken. You will find people ramble on. They repeat what they have said, they struggle to find words, their grammar is terrible, and they talk ‘at’ each other. 
How do authors only include dialogue that is necessary?
One way is to read a variety of novels published in the last 10 years. Examine the dialogue. Good authors only include what is necessary for the story. Sometimes this means dialogue has been pared down to the minimum but this is necessary. Never include unnecessary conversations. Readers expect every conversation to be significant. Unnecessary conversations are the red herrings of the dialogue universe.
The Three Reasons
Authors should remember that there are three reasons for including dialogue in a novel.
Dialogue should move a plot forward. ‘Let’s go.’ is better than ‘Peter said that they should go.’
Dialogue should reveal character. Every word your character uses shows the sort of person he or she is.
Dialogue should provide information. Treat this one with care. There is a fine line between revealing important facts and boring the reader with details. Do not allow your characters to ‘tell’ in dialogue. Rather use a short summary.
The Supporting Act
Remember that people don’t just utter words when they interact. They act, they move, and they use body language - intentionally or unintentionally. Friends may walk or drink coffee as they speak. A young mother may jump up to prevent her child from crawling away. A woman may cross her arms as she listens to her husband.
Writing Tip: Introduce a habit with dialogue. Your villain might flip a coin when he speaks. Your love interest might smoke when he or she speaks.
Said
Novelists should ignore the many posts suggesting 50 words to use instead of ‘said’. Said is perfect. It shows the reader who is speaking. It keeps the reader focused on the dialogue. When characters mutter, proffer, utter, cry, growl, and grin words, the author just looks silly.
Writing tip: Read your dialogue out loud. Your tongue will trip over all the nonsense words. Remove them.
Accents and Dialect
Follow speech patterns rather than misspelling words. It takes a dedicated reader to muddle through idiosyncratic vernacular. Add the odd foreign word to show the speaker is not English.
Like everything else in writing, perfecting dialogue takes practise. Write every day, and include dialogue in that writing if you can.
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 by Amanda Patterson
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amandaonwriting:

How To Write Great Dialogue

Modern novels are filled with dialogue. More than 50% of your book should be filled with characters talking to each other. Beginner novelists are often afraid of dialogue and they should be.

Writing dialogue is complicated. An author has to give the impression that characters are speaking as if they existed in a real world. However, ‘real world’ dialogue is the kiss of death in a novel. Real life has no plot. Most everyday conversations have no point. They exist for the sake of appearances. They are made up of exchanging greetings and pleasantries. Small talk is just that and has no place in your novel.

Writing Tip: An interesting way to test this for yourself is to tape a series of conversations and write them down exactly as the words are spoken. You will find people ramble on. They repeat what they have said, they struggle to find words, their grammar is terrible, and they talk ‘at’ each other. 

How do authors only include dialogue that is necessary?

One way is to read a variety of novels published in the last 10 years. Examine the dialogue. Good authors only include what is necessary for the story. Sometimes this means dialogue has been pared down to the minimum but this is necessary. Never include unnecessary conversations. Readers expect every conversation to be significant. Unnecessary conversations are the red herrings of the dialogue universe.

The Three Reasons

Authors should remember that there are three reasons for including dialogue in a novel.

  1. Dialogue should move a plot forward. ‘Let’s go.’ is better than ‘Peter said that they should go.’
  2. Dialogue should reveal character. Every word your character uses shows the sort of person he or she is.
  3. Dialogue should provide information. Treat this one with care. There is a fine line between revealing important facts and boring the reader with details. Do not allow your characters to ‘tell’ in dialogue. Rather use a short summary.

The Supporting Act

Remember that people don’t just utter words when they interact. They act, they move, and they use body language - intentionally or unintentionally. Friends may walk or drink coffee as they speak. A young mother may jump up to prevent her child from crawling away. A woman may cross her arms as she listens to her husband.

Writing Tip: Introduce a habit with dialogue. Your villain might flip a coin when he speaks. Your love interest might smoke when he or she speaks.

Said

Novelists should ignore the many posts suggesting 50 words to use instead of ‘said’. Said is perfect. It shows the reader who is speaking. It keeps the reader focused on the dialogue. When characters mutter, proffer, utter, cry, growl, and grin words, the author just looks silly.

Writing tip: Read your dialogue out loud. Your tongue will trip over all the nonsense words. Remove them.

Accents and Dialect

Follow speech patterns rather than misspelling words. It takes a dedicated reader to muddle through idiosyncratic vernacular. Add the odd foreign word to show the speaker is not English.

Like everything else in writing, perfecting dialogue takes practise. Write every day, and include dialogue in that writing if you can.

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Amanda Patterson by Amanda Patterson

Source: Writers Write

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iguanamouth:

ugh i want to get really uncomfortably rich and then just. go around and anonymously donate huge amounts of money to people for things like HEY youre trying to move away from your abusive parents?? BAM 10 thousand mystery dollars oh whats that your dog needs surgery?? BAM paid for hey you cant afford to go to that con with your friends?? BAM better get your cosplay ready you fucking nerd

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beedibix:

Help us move! <3

We’re a couple of artisans and their support cat, living as household staff in NYC and working for room and board; but our employers cannot afford to keep us on or pay their rent any longer, and so we’re having to move on. Since we worked for room and board, we couldn’t build up a savings, and have no severance pay. We are going to be looking for work as soon as we hit Minnesota, but first we have to get there, and feed ourselves when we do.Some kindly folk in the Twin Cities of MN have offered us a home, and a dear friend is flying up to be our driver, and a few kind folks here on tumblr have helped out; but getting from here to there, and being able to eat when we do get there, costs more than we have raised. We need just a little more to help cover the rest of the cost of renting a small van (not a moving van but a regular van), and feeding ourselves and our kitty cat while we’re looking for work. Even $6 buys a week’s worth of food for our kitty, so anything you can give would help.Our reward prizes will be unique to the fundraiser, but you can find examples of J’s work here at our Etsy shop. (J is the rainbow-haired one). You can get to our Gofundme page by clicking the photo, or this link here.

beedibix:

Help us move! <3

We’re a couple of artisans and their support cat, living as household staff in NYC and working for room and board; but our employers cannot afford to keep us on or pay their rent any longer, and so we’re having to move on. Since we worked for room and board, we couldn’t build up a savings, and have no severance pay. We are going to be looking for work as soon as we hit Minnesota, but first we have to get there, and feed ourselves when we do.

Some kindly folk in the Twin Cities of MN have offered us a home, and a dear friend is flying up to be our driver, and a few kind folks here on tumblr have helped out; but getting from here to there, and being able to eat when we do get there, costs more than we have raised.

We need just a little more to help cover the rest of the cost of renting a small van (not a moving van but a regular van), and feeding ourselves and our kitty cat while we’re looking for work. Even $6 buys a week’s worth of food for our kitty, so anything you can give would help.

Our reward prizes will be unique to the fundraiser, but you can find examples of J’s work here at our Etsy shop. (J is the rainbow-haired one). You can get to our Gofundme page by clicking the photo, or this link here.

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robynred:

hattedmistress:

lady-sci-fi:

…I have no words… XD

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Okay, I have to take this opportunity to recount something that happened at this year’s Magfest:
So me and some friends were hanging out with Lewis when he got a text from Viga. He checked it and stared at it in confusion for a few moments.
"I think she sent this to the wrong person," he explained, reading it aloud, “‘He saw your panties, I’m so sorry’ - I don’t wear panties! I mean, as far as YOU know."
So I start cracking up in the corner because I’m actually 12 and my friend dodgerofzion says, “You know what I’m gonna say, right Robyn?”
I’m silently going DODGER NO because I KNOW she’s gonna joke that I should draw Linkara in panties and he’s right there and I’m gonna die!!!!!
Just then Lewis says in a knowing voice, “Is this gonna end up on asklinkara?”
And then I died.
My soul left my body and I died. I’ve been dead this whole time.
The point is, if Linkara in panties ever DOES show up on asklinkara, I’ll finally know what kind to draw. Gold-plated. Honestly I should’ve guessed.

robynred:

hattedmistress:

lady-sci-fi:

…I have no words… XD

wat

Okay, I have to take this opportunity to recount something that happened at this year’s Magfest:

So me and some friends were hanging out with Lewis when he got a text from Viga. He checked it and stared at it in confusion for a few moments.

"I think she sent this to the wrong person," he explained, reading it aloud, “‘He saw your panties, I’m so sorry’ - I don’t wear panties! I mean, as far as YOU know."

So I start cracking up in the corner because I’m actually 12 and my friend dodgerofzion says, “You know what I’m gonna say, right Robyn?”

I’m silently going DODGER NO because I KNOW she’s gonna joke that I should draw Linkara in panties and he’s right there and I’m gonna die!!!!!

Just then Lewis says in a knowing voice, “Is this gonna end up on asklinkara?”

And then I died.

My soul left my body and I died. I’ve been dead this whole time.

The point is, if Linkara in panties ever DOES show up on asklinkara, I’ll finally know what kind to draw. Gold-plated. Honestly I should’ve guessed.

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sannapersikka:

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Oh my god that is the cutest thing ever

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dragonageconfessions:

Confession: I’m not ashamed to admit that the most complex bit of headcanon I’ve ever built was to explain how the three Mabari in the Tower of Ishal manage to escape without being killed in the aftermath of the Battle of Ostagar. Every single time I free them and try to lead them to the door leading to the lower floors of the tower.
 

&#8230;!!!
Dragon Age: The Incredible Journey
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dragonageconfessions:

Confession: I’m not ashamed to admit that the most complex bit of headcanon I’ve ever built was to explain how the three Mabari in the Tower of Ishal manage to escape without being killed in the aftermath of the Battle of Ostagar. Every single time I free them and try to lead them to the door leading to the lower floors of the tower.

 

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Dragon Age: The Incredible Journey

yes please I want this forever

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well it’s fucking AUSTRALIA

It is Australian Law to regard the Spider Gods with fear and reverence.

needsmoreexplosions:

did-you-kno:

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well it’s fucking AUSTRALIA

It is Australian Law to regard the Spider Gods with fear and reverence.

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magnoliapearl:

1:

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?

Tall tall building!

Tall tall building who?

I’m just a building. I don’t even have any name. I think I will just sit still.

2:

Knock Knock!

Who’s there?

Poop poop toilet.

Poop poop toilet who?

(CACOPHONOUS GALES OF LAUGHTER)