Only speech-Attributions, he said.

The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.

realistic dialogue

Advanced Dialogue Writing: Realistic Dialogue

When two or more characters are engaged in conversation, you have a dialogue. Writing realistic dialogue is the sleight of hand magic of storytelling. Factual information wrapped in a false sense of reality, with one demand that cannot be ignored: it must move the story.

The secrets of writing thoughts.

we won’t really know him, unless you let us inside.

You show the inner world of your character by telling the reader his thoughts, emotions, attitudes, fears, longings, neuroses, drives and compulsions. There are two kinds of thought your character has: (1) thoughts about events that have occurred and (2) peripheral thoughts.


The 7 Tools of Narration

As a writer you have seven tools in your tool belt that you can use to tell your story. Action, dialogue, interior monologue, interior emotion, description, flashbacks and narrative summary. Learn the differences, how and when to use it and don’t forget to vary, to avoid wearing your reader out.

Typical Fears Concerning Dialogue

Writing dialogue can be a little bit scary. It’s quite normal to be nervous about it, or even a little fearful. Every writer has his own style and voice (eventually) and nothing shows that more than writing dialogue. It is through speaking that we get to know other people best. It shows us what kind of person they are and it shows them what kind of person we are. The tricky bit is, as writers, we are all kinds of different people, depending on which character we are voicing.