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10:14 pm: For the Writers on my f-list...
Any suggestions for writing good dialogue? I don't need to know from a grammatical point of view as far as punctuation is concerned, only how to make the words flow naturally. Suggestions are welcome and appreciated as well as any book recommendations on 'how to' or suggested novels/short stories (or even your own work) that are presented with eloquently written dialogue. Your own writings are just for my reference's sake and will be used simply for me to master the flow of writing dialogue.

Many thanks and smooshies to everyone who helps me! :)

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From:tripartite
Date:December 2nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
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Really? You're asking this bunch? You're braver than I thought. ;)
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From:hdiandrew
Date:December 2nd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
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Number one suggestion is to just do it. The more you write, the more natural it comes. From there, I think the success of most techniques vary by user. I like reading my writing aloud to see if it comes across well, but that is not a sure-fire way. Are you mainly looking for tips on fiction?
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From:missautopsy
Date:January 2nd, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
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Definitely looking for tips on fiction and thanks for the advice! I always read term papers aloud to make sure it came across they way I intended and I think that's a great idea. I worry that dialogue will sound so stilted. But, in order to write, you must read and I'm doing a lot of that lately.
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From:mistervimes
Date:December 2nd, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
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From:missautopsy
Date:January 2nd, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
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Rock! Thanks punkin'!
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From:mistervimes
Date:January 2nd, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
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My pleasure, doll.
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From:arma_padawan
Date:December 2nd, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
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i wrote my own little novel after i got out of school. my advise is to remember some conversations you've had in real life and try to use those as a model. pay attention to people around you, and how they talk. try to infer how their personality and circumstances may influence their vocabulary and diction
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From:missautopsy
Date:January 2nd, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
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My biggest concern (as I noted in an earlier post) is the fear of the dialogue sounding too stilted. I also like playing with dialects too and that's hard to accomplish in written form. Thanks for the input! I'm reading way more of my favorite authors and trying to pick up mannerisms and methods in order to replicate in my own special way.
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