A – Z Challenge: Day 4 – Dialogue

Posted: April 4, 2015 in a-z challenge, blogging

From a worse to probably my best.

I know I have a knack for this. I am a magpie for words in my regular life. If I hear a word in an interesting way, then I will use that intonation when I use that word.

I also like to mix them up. Friends are used to me thanking them by saying, ‘Danke mucho’ or ‘Gracias beaucoup’.

It is a definite thing that I concentrate on, especially if I am doing a fanfic. I need the reader to hear that actor say those words and believe it.

I can maybe in love with dialogue too much. A serial fanfic I am doing begins with five lines of dialogue between two people before any action takes place. A reader was put off by that and almost didn’t continue with the story. Thankfully, she pushed past her reticence and is enjoying the fic.

I have an ancestor who was a musician. I like to think that my love of the sound of words is a translation of his talent. That the patterns I hear in syllables mirror those he heard in notes.

It is my go to. The one thing I can count on most.

  1. Sue Archer says:

    I am a dialogue person, too. It’s my favourite part of stories!


  2. I love good dialogue πŸ˜€ plus unusual things, like the 5 lines you mention in your serial facfic. I have a character who only uses contractions in moments of heightened emotion- his partners react instantly to him using a contraction- “What? What’s wrong? How can I fix it?” πŸ˜€


  3. Dialogue makes or breaks a story, I think. And sometimes it’s easier to write down the first draft of a scene with only dialogue, then go back and polish, add tags and action (no one wants talking-heads dialogue πŸ˜‰ ). Great post!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter


  4. trishafaye says:

    Nice! Dialogue is definitely an art.
    Happy A to Zing!


  5. sarahallanauthor says:

    Dialogue can be tricky to write, and I’m glad you enjoy playing with words and writing it! Happy A-Zing!


  6. Alex Hurst says:

    I’m a big fan of alliteration as well! And I love dialogue. It’s the meat of the story (the plot being the potatoes and peas) for me. πŸ™‚

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant


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