The A to Z Challenge is whooshing ahead, and I feel a little dizzy and breathless with all the visiting and emailing and whatnots.
I did schedule the main content of these posts but I still come in each day to make sure things are ok before I hit ‘post’.
Forgive me if I haven’t visited back everyone who has commented on my AZ posts so far, but I promise I’ll get to you!
Today, we’re discussing dialogue in fiction, a facet of writing which brings a novel or short story to life. Of course there are stalwart writers who’ve done without dialogues (Gabriel Garcia Marquez comes to mind), but by and large most writers of fiction do use dialogue in their work, to some extent or the other.
Dialogue or Dialog is a literary and theatrical form consisting of a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more (“dia” means through or across) people. ~Wikipedia
Here are the writing quotes for today:
“I’ve found that good dialogue tells you not
only what people are saying or how they’re communicating but it tells you a
great deal – by dialect and tone, content and circumstance – about the quality
of the character.” –E. O. Wilson
“Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly. Once you start spelling
words in dialogue phonetically and loading the page with apostrophes,
you won’t be able to stop. Notice the way Annie Proulx captures the
flavour of Wyoming voices in her book of short stories Close Range.” –Elmore Leonard
“If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.” — John Steinbeck
Is writing dialogue your strength or weakness as a writer? Is there a memorable dialogue from fiction or movie that you can quote offhand? Why do you remember it?