Welcome back, everyone! We've finished with characters and believability and in the last lesson we tied it all together. Today, we're going to discuss dialogue. Here's what Bonnie Golightly has to say:
•In “Use of Dialogue,” Bonnie Golightly says that: “Clarity in dialogue is a must.” (61),¹ and “A writer of fiction is more or less a word juggler; he must keep many elements of action, plot and background going at the same time. But dialogue is his most useful prop…”(60).² Having characters talk to one another can give the reader insight into who the person is, what role they’re playing and why they’re in the author’s story.
•Additionally, the style of dialogue that is used for each character should show the type of character that is talking. For example, someone who was born and raised in Arkansas may not use proper, clipped words as a person from England might.
1,2 Oates, Joyce Carol. Writer’s Digest Handbook of Short Story Writing. Ohio: Writer’s Digest Books, 1982.
Using Golightly's insight, let's see what you have to "say".