Friday, August 18, 2006

Good dialogue...

Writing good dialogue isn’t easy. It isn’t just a matter of recording real talk on paper; most real talk is disjointed, repetitive, fragmented and sometimes barely comprehensible when recorded on tape. Good written dialogue is what real talk out to be, but seldom is.

--Gene Olson, Sweet Agony: A Writing Manual of Sorts, p. 99


Blogger Jim Thompson said...

Couldn't have said it better myself. Dialog can be the key to believeability, even if the scenario is rather far fetched. Consider great fantasy, that grabs you into its world.

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