Turns out great dialogue contain beats.
Sunday’s are when I catch up on my reading. Blog posts I’ve missed or tagged to read are saved for a slow Sunday afternoon. There are so many great bloggers/writers it’s hard to keep up, but I do try.
I’ve been working on dialogue in my WIP, so you can imagine my excitement when I came across not one but two posts by Dan Alatorre on how to make that dialogue great.
Like Dan, I like to bang out the dialogue fast and get the gist down before I lose the flow. Works more times than not.
What I learned from Dan today…
- Write like people talk. In my family, the women drive the men crazy talking over each other, no such thing as one-at-a-time.
- Don’t forget the beats. Yes, a dialogue needs beats.
- A trick to adding those beats, jot down a list of actions to match conversation. Sort of like setting out all the ingredients before baking a delicious cake.
Click on the links below and read all of Dan’s tips and tricks to turn your good dialogue into great dialogue.
Now tell me, did you learn something new?
Do you have a dialogue tip to help me?
Do you find writing dialogue hard?