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How to Write Realistic Dialogue

All the Steps Necessary to Create Realistic Fictional Dialogue


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How to Write Realistic Dialogue by Jean Saunders
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In this new addition to the "Writers' Bookshop" series, successful novelist, Jean Saunders has defined all the necessary ingredients for creating realistic dialogue in fiction. Pointers include the actual layout of dialogue; basic principles of punctuation; avoiding trivia; and making your characters more believable through their speech. Many examples are given to demonstrate this vital part of successful fiction, whilst other key features include: primary purpose of dialogue; creating atmosphere; is it a cliche; effective adverbs; the listening ear; and avoiding the slush pile. Without dialogue, a novel is no more than an endless essay. Only through their speech can the characters really come to life. This practical guide by an experienced author shows how it is done.

Author Biography

Jean Saunders has written over 600 short stories and more than 100 novels of various types including sagas and crime. She writes under her own name, and as Rachel Moore, Rowena Summers and other pen names. She writes a regular column on short story writing for Writers' News, and is in demand as a lecturer at conferences and on cruise ships. A past Chairman of the Romantic Novelists Association, Jean has been short-listed for the Romantics Novel of the Year Award, and she takes an active interest in everything to do with writing.
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June 30th, 2006
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United Kingdom
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