19 Ways to Write Better Dialogue

Kristen Kieffer  

I’ve always been a do-it-yourself learner.

A few years back, I determined to become a professional novelist and dove headfirst into the world of fiction.

I knew I had a lot to learn, so I spent every waking moment outside of my day job devouring every craft book and blog I could get my hands on, writing until my fingers fell off (then promptly reattaching them, of course), and making pretty much every mistake in the book along the way.

Everything about writing was a struggle when I first began. I didn’t have a writing routine or any higher education in literature. I didn’t even have much experience to fall back on, but I didn’t let any of that stop me from working towards my dreams. I wrote as often as I could, building upon the previous day’s practice, until one day I looked back and discovered just how far my writing had come.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that writing ever became easy. I’m still working to improve my storytelling skills every day.

One of the elements I constantly struggle with is dialogue. Bringing your characters’ words to life on the page is no easy task! After working on it for years, I’m proud to say that my dialogue has grown in leaps and bounds, but it’s still far from perfect.

Thankfully, I did pick up a few tips and tricks along the way that have proven invaluable, and I can’t wait to share them with you today. So if you’re ready to write better dialogue, read on, my friend! This is the post for you. See More . . .



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