Dialogue “Can You See What I’m Saying?”
Would we have remembered Rhett Butler if he’d scorned Scarlett O’Hara at the end of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind by saying, “I no longer care where you go or what you do?” Frankly, my dear, the answer is “No!” Great dialogue can make your story shine, as surely as clunky dialogue can ruin it. Examine examples of good and bad dialogue and try your hand at writing your own.
Learn to write dialogue that:
- is true to your characters, place, and time
- uses poetic devices to avoid “clunking”
- reveals character through words as well as action
Darlyn Finch Kuhn’s work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines, and online. Her poems have been featured on Poetic Logic on NPR, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on the Writers Almanac. She was interviewed on World Radio Paris. Kuhn is the eponymous “Scribbler,” of the Scribbles literary e-newsletter. She produces book trailer videos with her husband at Brad Kuhn & Associates in Orlando, Florida. Her debut novel, Sewing Holes, is available now from Twisted Road Publications. It won First Place in the published novella category of the 2015 Royal Palm Literary Awards.
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