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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 10:26:12pm
Author: Nell
Subject: I know my own approach has evolved - ALOT! (r)
In reply to: sk 's message, "Writing what they're saying" on Tuesday, February 21, 02:50:41pm

I used to write dialogue as I "heard" it in my head, as though the character's were dictating it to me, contractions, slang, dropped 'ings,' "like" and "um" liberaly scattered about.....

Now I do that less and less, as I came to realize that a very little of that kind of thing goes a very long way in written langauge - and that spending more time on word choice and word order pays off handsomely interms of establishing characterization - that all the "ums" in the world will never get you.

Or, at least, that's where I am now with regard to writing and reading dialogue! *g*

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  • Re: Writing what they're saying -- KT, Wednesday, February 22, 09:59:09am

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