If you're dialogue is engaging and dynamic, you will draw your reader into both your work and your character. If it is not, your narrative will fall flat.

The most common piece of advice given about dialogue is: "Read it out loud to yourself."

It is easy to say that to another writer and it is even easy to do it but even then it is difficult to always hear problems with the dialogue you've written. Often, we are blind to our own errors because we hear and see what we expect to see rather than what is actually there. This is the single best reason for an editor -- we all need someone to poke at us.

During this week we will discuss:

  1. How you can use dialogue to alter rhythm and pacing within your story to reflect suspense, anxiety, etc.
  2. How regional dialects and accents can make or break your character development.
  3. The benefit of speech patterns and the use of them in the creation of regional accents without resorting to large amounts of slang and misspellings.
  4. The benefits of slang and distinctive vocabulary -- when it is useful and when it would be distracting.
  5. Using dialogue to frame and structure scenes within your narrative.

And how all of the above are the foundation of your character's voice within your narrative.

My special guests will be author, artist, and publisher Sable Grey who will be talking about Historical Dialogue and Leanne Salter, the Managing Editor for Cobblestone Press, who will be here to talk about dialogue mechanics --one of the biggest issues in submissions.