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Dialogue Writing Pitfalls to Avoid

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Dialogue, on its face, should be easy. I mean, it’s just talking, right? We all talk, every day. Shouldn’t crafting impeccable dialogue come naturally? If only it were that simple…

The truth is that dialogue, like all aspects of writing, is an art form unto itself. Writing it effectively can take years to master. Lucky for you, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my writing, and the least I can do is warn you of them. That said, here’s a list of five common dialogue pitfalls.  

Much of the research for this post came from James Scott Bell’s, How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript.

Clunky exposition

You have details you need to provide, to your reader, for your story to make sense, but you want to avoid writing “info-dumping” narration. What do you do? No fear! Dialogue to the rescue!

Dialogue can…

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