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Dialogue and The Telephone

Two questions came to the comments on my recent blog covering the topic of dialogue. I thought the questions were meaningful for other writers and will repeat them so others can benefit. The questions involved dialogue during telephone conversations. A reader asked these questions: I’ve been told when writing telephone conversations not to include the […]

Enhancing Dialogue

Dialogue becomes real when the character’s speak as real people do. We don’t talk in full sentence, and we don’t stand like sticks as we have conversations. Real people emote. Their voice tone and volume change. Their body and facial expression show the emotion and internal reaction to what’s being said. So action and body […]

Intimate Storytelling – Part IV Sentence and Thought Tags

A simple method of improving your writing is learning how to use dialogue tags and presenting character’s thoughts. Though this may seem trivial, these techniques are important in helping you become an author who knows how to write. One way to approach this is to ask yourself how would a real person say this or […]


How characters respond to each other goes far beyond what’s said. Words are easily spoken, but the truth is not necessarily there. People often say what they think others want to hear. This happens in real life and works well in fiction. People observe what’s being said by watching the person’s facial expression and body […]

Tension and Conflict Part 5 – Methods to Create Tension

Earlier I described the difference between conflict and tension. Conflict is the action of two opposing forces. It is the butting of heads between ideas, needs, desires and wants, or it can be a single individual wanting two opposing things. What makes conflict important is the tension it creates. Tension is the emotional response to […]

Dialogue And Purpose Part 3

Last blog, I covered two more ways in which dialogue serves a purpose in fiction, foreshadowing and showing growth of character. This blog will cover the last two purposes—revealing emotions and setting a tone or mood. • Revealing Emotions — Dialogue is something readers witness through body action and introspection, but dialogue also delivers all […]

Dialogue And Purpose Part 2

Dialogue serves a multitude of purpose in a novel. In my last blog, I talked about four ways dialogue contributes to your story—presents information and reveals backstory, develops character, advances the plot and create conflict. In this blog, I’ll share four more ways in which dialogue helps to create an exciting journey of the characters. […]

Dialogue And Its Purpose – Part 1

You’ve heard over and over again dialogue is purposeful. This means it’s not chitchat, not the kind of conversation we have in real life. “Hi. How’ve you been?”“Fine and you?”“Good. We’ve been traveling.“Really? How was the weather. Better than this I hope.”“Sure was. We had sunshine everyday.” Though this sounds like real conversation in everyday […]

Dialogue and Introspection

In my book, Loving Ways, readers meet Annie and Ken. Their characterization grows through dialogue when Ken notices a water color hanging on Annie’s living room wall and realizes she is the artist . Read the dialogue below. I’ve removed the action beats and introspection to illustrate what you can learn from dialogue through the […]

Writing The Character’s Dialogue Not Yours

One thing authors must watch is dialogue that reflects the characters and not their own personality. Yes writer’s voice is a phenomena that creates remarkable and identifiable writing styles. Each author uses sentence structure, musical rhythm in the words they chose. It’s the way we hear a composer’s music and know that it’s the Beatles […]