How To Write Good Dialogue: Ten Tips

Welcome to Twitter Treasure Thursday! So, one of my favorite things to write is dialogue. Simply put, it’s fun!

Plus, I find it easier to convey a story through a character’s words. For example, while writing my last story for the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge, I struggled getting the scenes in my head onto paper. About halfway through my first draft, I realized why: I only had one character. Therefore, I couldn’t rely on back and forth banter like I usually do. Instead, I had to–*gulp*–depend on longer, more detailed descriptives to convey what was happening.

Now, I’m fully aware many writers don’t share my love of dialogue. In fact, I know many struggle with it (just as I struggle with writing those darn descriptives). But fear not! While skimming Twitter this morning, I came upon this helpful article via K Grubb (@10minnovelist):

How To Write Good Dialogue: Ten Tips


5 – Read Out Loud
After writing a scene of dialogue, put it away for a while. Then go back and don’t just re-read it, read it out loud! That’s right: read it out at the speed and with the emotional tone you would as if you were the character speaking it. Reading your dialogue out loud helps you to hear if it works.

Whether you love writing dialogue or not, I recommend you check out the full list of tips here!

For more useful advice, follow K Grubb on Twitter!

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Music Monday – Partido Feminista – Evita

Welcome to Music Monday! As many of you know, music contributes a great deal to my writing process. Whether it’s a song’s lyrics, beat, rhythm, or tone, I find myself constantly inspired by it.

writing-to-musicOver the weekend, as I continued racing to the finish of the third draft of my manuscript, I found myself obsessed with a song from the musical, Evita: “Partido Feminista”.

large_gDLi6T4HZG0VF8bbRi8VPlxsfhOOkay, I’ll admit, most of “Partido Feminista” isn’t really a song. It’s more of an impassioned speech. But that’s why I love it. I’m working on a few chapters right now that need to infuse a strong, persuasive, inspirational voice. A rally cry, if you will. And this number from the Evita movie soundtrack is perfect!

1996_evita01There’s also a dash of suspense and an edge of malice in “Partido Feminista”. Madonna’s voice, the crowd’s ongoing chant, and the background orchestration mesh together in a powerful and frightening way…I’m not sure if those emotions were intended for this song, but I hear them every time I listen to it. Which is perfect motivation for the current scenes I’m working on in my book!

Evita-bannerSo, if you’re in need of a strong, persuasive, and even threatening number to inspire your writing, listen to “Partido Feminista”!

And if you’d like to listen to another “rallying cry” type song, check out “On The Balcony Of The Casa Rosada (Part 2)”, also from the Evita soundtrack!

What song(s) are you in love with right now? Which one(s) offer you inspiration? Let me know! I’m always searching for songs that motivate my writing.

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Friday Funny with Snow and Awkwardness

Happy Friday! Well, sorta. I woke up to an unwelcoming sight this morning: SNOW!

Grrrrr…It’s still summer, darn it. I’m not ready for this. I’m not, I’m not, I’m not! Okay, moving on…

*big, deep breath*

So, it’s probably a good thing the majority of you don’t interact with me in real life, because I lost the ability to speak properly this week. All of my words came out jumbled, stilted, and just plain lame. I was walking-talking Awkwardness. For example:

Me: Hi, Mr. Coworker, how was your vacation?
Mr. Coworker: Good, thanks for asking.
Me: Where’d you go again?
Mr. Coworker: Oregon.
Me: Why? For fun?
Mr. Coworker: A football game.
Me: So, for fun?
Mr. Coworker: Uh, no, for a football game.
Me: Yeah, but that’s for fun, right?
Mr. Coworker: Yeah… [Stares at me like I’m crazy]
Me: Cool. [Awkward pause] Sounds…fun.

By yesterday, I finally gave up and shut my trap to save myself and others from uncomfortable, confusing, and embarrassing chit-chat.

I’m going to go ahead and blame my manuscript for my lack of eloquence this week. I poured all of my words and articulation into it…which, I suppose, isn’t a horrible thing, right? Better to get a lot of work done than look/sound cool…Right? Well, I’m gonna go with it. And I’m going to pray this week of gibberish will be forgotten, and the words I wrote will live on and on…Or, ya know, be chopped up and used for firewood in this absurd weather!

Okay, sorry. Early winter rage is still boiling over here 😉

Besides the snow and the charming words I uttered, my week was low key. There was a ridiculous spider incident I’ll skip over, and I thoroughly embarrassed myself while filming footage for my friend’s next film for round 2 of the NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge. This time, I had to use my prompts from round one as inspiration (truck stop, diamond ring). I decided to dress up like a trucker, slap a diamond ring on, and dance around to Beyonce’s “Put a Ring On It”.

Yeah, I totally looked like Justin Timberlake while attempting to mimic Beyonce’s dance moves. I’m soooo cool 😉

Anyway, in honor of my bumbling, idiotic-filled week, here is today’s Friday Funny. Enjoy!

10696284_283107871881768_4706964337960351450_nHow was your week? Did you stutter through it, like me? Or was it smooth sailing?

Jen’s Weekly Roundup

In case you missed my posts from earlier this week, here you go!

Music Monday – I’m Shipping Up To Boston – Dropkick Murphys

You Know You’re A Writer When…Empty Fridge

Into Paradise – Never Forget

I Will Never Forget – My September 11th Story

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