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Let The Characters Do The Talking

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by Anonymous01/08/04

Dialog

Potentially very useful.

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by falcon2901/13/04

Not so fast...

Most of your points are well taken. While the conclusion of your lead-in is valid, you have jumped to some conclusions about the exchange between Gina and Janice that aren't necessarily valid. I'm sure you did that because you wrote it. Maybe they're discussing analingus, for instance.

That's the hard part of writing dialogue. The author knows what happened -- or is about to -- and has to effectively convey that to the reader. I have the same problem. It's tough and takes a lot of experience and practice.

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by 01/17/04

Nice touch

Deftly addresses the use and abuse of dialogue. Hits the hard spots and highlights overlooked strengths. A witty and useful "how to".

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by GirlWatchin04/03/04

Thanks, I needed that

Very helpful. At least now I don't feel like I have to flee the country two jumps ahead of the vocabulary police! :)

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by Anonymous10/09/04

Loved this article!

It's rare to find an excellent piece of writing advice that is worthy of memory. Could anything be better than useful commentary delivered in a witty and memorable way? Well done! Oh... and I did find myself doing #1 from "exam time" while reading... well.... "exam time." Thanks for the good belly laugh, but please do, in future, warn your readers that they really shouldn't be drinking anything unless they're quite fond of the sensation of liquid rocketing through their nasal passages. ;)

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by duddle14601/18/07

Useful.

A well written article on an often confusing subject - dialogue. I heartily recommend this How To - to anyone wanting to write sparkling and interesting dialogue.

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by damppanties06/03/07

An Enjoyable and Educational Read

A very useful piece of writing. What I really liked about it was that unlike many How To pieces, it didn't sound like you're talking down to the reader. It was done in a light, humorous way.

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by Bizkit_Writer07/26/07

very good!

Very well written but I would've left the bit about the pausing of the story nearer the end of the article. (I got a little confused) when it just jumped to that. But I learned two things out of it!

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by Sequinns03/13/08

Fantastic!

I understand the problems that many authors face when writing dialog. I, even, sometimes feel as if I have included TOO much. I appreciate the tip of waiting and re-reading a week later, though, now that I think of it, it is fairly common sense! Anyways, marvelously done! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

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by punkducky04/06/08

Helpful

I find it very hard at times to make sure my characters actually given dialogue, because I'm so afraid of what it will sound like to someone else reading it. But this really helped and I think that they can now become the people I see them as.

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by Anonymous07/08/09

WOW

I really enjoyed this one. Not only did you teach me something of the mechanics of writting but gave me some good laughs along the way. Thank You.

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by wolfbadger08/16/09

very helpful

Really good how-to, it's made me realise that I'm totally guilty of under-using dialogue in my writing

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by traci_eliot08/29/10

This tutorial was quite brilliant - exactly what I needed to help my characters sound less like cardboard cut-outs and more like people!

'Thank you, ronde,' said Traci.

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by Scotsman6908/29/10

Fine thoughts from a very fine writer

Just check out the number of red Hs against his stories, and learn from this.

Delightful. I loved it and learned from it. Thank you.

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by BigJohn60101/12/11

This piece has been extemely helpful to me.

I am just now making an attempt at creating a story to post on Literotica and one of my obstacles has been creating believable dialoque. Thanks for your assistance and I hope I can remember your words.

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by Anonymous04/27/11

How to: Effective Dialog

From the sublime to the ridiculous, I'm truly impressed. Gut-ache from laughter at "Let the characters do the talking". A recipe for good dialog.

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by LuvinWriten04/13/13

Opps

All-in-all a good article and I enjoy it. My only complaint is the discussion in your 1st. dialog.

There's nothing to really indicate that either of them is bisexual. It's not obvious that the 2 of them had sex together. The line:

“You seemed to like your first time. I know I did”, indicates she'd experienced it once before, but when? Just now? 5 days ago? 5 months ago? And with whom? All we really know it wasn't Barry. So points 7,8 and 17 are not valid.

Maybe if you began with:

"Oh my god Janice, that was amazing. I wish Jim would do that to me."

This would be a better start to the conversation because it indicates something happened between Gina and Janice.

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by DarkUniverse07/05/14

Fantastic!

It's almost 5 am on a Saturday morning and I think I just woke up half of my neighborhood with the loud laugh attacks I had while reading your post. It's great - good examples with a lot of humor - perfect! Thank you so much for writing this - I'll definitely consider while writing my first story here on Literotica.

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by BJwriter07/20/16

Good info, but...

I think some of your punctuation is not correct. For example,

“I’m going home to pet my kitty.”, sighed Rhonda.

The comma is not needed.

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by Anonymous07/29/16

Old but Gold

It's a shame you haven't posted anything for over 10 years, because this is fantastic stuff. It really bring to mind the art books of Andrew Loomis with its timeless advice. It's hard to remember a time when "blogs" were a mystery, though, I didn't even realise this site was that old!

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