Bad Dialogue

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Bad Dialogue

Postby crlisle » Mon Jan 27, 2020 2:38 pm

David Farland's writing hint today about bad dialogue is spot on! I will now make changes to my 2nd quarter story. Basically, dialogue is whatever should not be said by narration. Doh! wotf012
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Re: Bad Dialogue

Postby oishisushi911 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 3:55 pm

Yeah, I noticed that one. Dialogue is definitely one of those things I find myself using a lot in first drafts and editing out later on. Dialogue is important. It’s just a matter of when to use it well. My possible entry for Q2 had that issue too and I’m doing my best to sort out a balance between the conversational feel of the piece and inserting more non-conversation passages.
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Re: Bad Dialogue

Postby Dustin Adams » Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:34 am

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Re: Bad Dialogue

Postby Wulf Moon » Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:53 pm

This is funny. I actually planned a Good Dialogue exercise for Super Secrets for about three months now. I've been waiting for the right time to write it.
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Re: Bad Dialogue

Postby ellisael » Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:21 am


So good!

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Re: Bad Dialogue

Postby dentalflosstycoon » Wed Jul 22, 2020 4:31 pm



That was amusing. Also, don't forget the cartoonish dialogue tags, like countenance, stammer, mutter, lilt, and ejaculate. Yes, I've read that last one in a friend's story before.
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Re: Bad Dialogue

Postby Dustin Adams » Thu Jul 23, 2020 6:16 am

dentalflosstycoon wrote:Yes, I've read that last one in a friend's story before.

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