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How to write dialogue that hooks readers

How to write dialogue that hooks readers: 10 tips

Here’s how to write dialogue that keeps readers engrossed. Read on after the summary for a more in-depth explanation with examples: 1: Create enlivening disagreement and friction 2: Keep dialogue tags appropriate and unobtrusive 3: Make sure each character has a distinct voice 4: Get dialogue punctuation right to avoid reader confusion 5: Read all your […]

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Dialogue words - 100 better alternatives

Dialogue words: 100 alternatives to make your dialogue pop

Dialogue words such as ‘asked’ and ‘said’ make it easier to follow who is speaking in a novel.  Ideally they do more than this: they give the feeling behind the words. Because text is stripped of the tone and inflection we hear when talking to others, we need to be told these elements. ‘Said’ and […]

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7 must-obey rules for writing dialogue

Dialogue can serve a number of purposes in fiction including developing character, building suspense and advancing plot. If written well, it engages readers and increase their identification with characters. Here are 7 rules for writing dialogue: Make your dialogue imitate life One of the first things to remember about writing dialogue is that it should capture the essence […]

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Writing dialogue: 7 ways to write better conversations

Writing dialogue presents a unique set of challenges. A single italicized word can change the whole tone and meaning of an exchange, for example. Compare a person telling a questioner ‘that’s all I can remember’ with ‘that’s all I can remember.’ The difference in emphasis alters the meaning of the sentence. Here are 7 ways […]

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