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Writing Hints and Tips – Dialogue

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Does your dialogue feel realistic? Are your characters’ voices distinctive?

If not, you can improve on this. Check out these tips:

  • Listen to speech patterns whilst out and about – on the bus, in the shops, on TV.
  • When writing, get inside the head of your characters.
  • Don’t overdo accents. A touch of dialect is enough. Too much can be irritating to a reader and distract from the story.
  • Think about characters’ word choices, formality, sentence structure and length, hesitations, methods of greeting.

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