There are myriad essential elements in writing. Today we’re discussing dialogue. Why? Because poorly written dialogue will make readers cringe. It is all too easy for characters to come across as flat, for verbal exchanges to be completely unrealistic.  Good dialogue, on the other hand, is appropriate and representative of a character. It rings true. It helps create well-rounded characters who are authentic and realistic. Good dialogue will lead to memorable characters and a book readers don’t want to put down. There have been plenty of times when I’ve started to read a book, only to stop because the dialogue didn’t ring true, because it felt contrived, or because it just didn’t sound like how real people talk. So…mastering dialogue is a crucial step in your writing journey. First, let’s define DIALOGUE. The formal definition is: the things that are said by the characters in a story, movie, play, etc. In a practical sense, DIALOGUE is the direct communication between …

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