5 Tips for Improving Dialogue

Good tips that I need to follow in my own writing. I don’t much care for the sound of my own voice, but will try reading my writing aloud. Thanks. re-blogged from mbarkersimpson.wordpress.com

Melissa Barker-Simpson

I recently had a discussion with a fellow writer about dialogue, and decided to share the processes I use to improve authenticity within my work.



  1. Give your imaginary friends a voice: I’ve talked about this before, but I often allow my characters free rein to have a discussion out of context, which basically means I let them loose to talk about whatever the hell they want. Those conversations, or pages of dialogue (almost like a script) rarely see the light of day. It’s the same as practising our skills by writing a scene or short story that is dialogue only. You can ignore all the normal rules; you don’t need any kind of structure. It’s like gathering a group of imaginary friends and allowing them the freedom to play. It can be fun, and is an excellent way to get to know your characters better.
  2. Follow…

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