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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 02:50:41pm
Author: sk
Subject: Writing what they're saying

This came up tangentially in a response to ~delle's recent story on SB I -- the difference between writing dialogue and "transcribing" real speech. Most real speech is full of "um," "er," "ahhh," and many other sound effects, not to mention significant silences, but if we were to actually write that text in a story it would be almost unreadable. If you're a writer, how do you deal with "speech" -- how do you write what your characters are saying? If you're a reader, what do you think is most effective in this situation? Any examples of dialogue you think works particularly well? (and if you're both, well, answer both questions!)

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