The best way to write real dialog…is to listen to real people speak!
I have a secret weapon when it comes to developing authentic, convincingly real dialogue in my novels: my ear.
That’s not to say that I am an eavesdropper. I do not lurk around others at cocktail parties (Cocktail parties? Do those even exist anymore in our online-saturated world?), nor do I silently sidle up to people talking on their cell phones. The fact is, when I am involved in a conversation, I try to listen very consciously and pay attention to how ideas are expressed, how a dialogue moves from beginning to end, and what it actually sounds like.
And when I hear a particularly memorable line, I steal it.
My characters say the same things that living, breathing, people actually say.
I know this is one of the keys to my success in creating characters because I always have readers enthuse to me about how “real” my…
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