Writing Dialog That Isn’t Boring and Moves Your Story Along

Don can be relied upon to supply a wealth of useful information on the art of writing….Here is one valuable example concerning dialogue.

Author Don Massenzio

This post will drill down into a topic with which I struggled in my early writing. That topic is dialog; when to use it, how to use it, what to avoid, etc.

Before I dive into this topic, I wanted to give a special shout out to my editor who not only reminded me that the punctuation goes inside of the quotation marks, but constantly reminded me that I should “show vs. tell” and sent me links to writing tips to help my early writing.

books and  message for story writers "show, don't tell" written


This is one of the hardest paradigm shifts that I had to deal with. I come from a technical, corporate world. This background has affected my writing. I can write narrative and describe business and technical situations very effectively. When writing fiction, however, using too much narrative can come across as dry and uninteresting. It’s much more effective to let your characters…

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2 thoughts on “Writing Dialog That Isn’t Boring and Moves Your Story Along

    1. It is a very difficult balancing act Keith.
      There are so many factors to take into account. Style of story. Nature of Story. Nature of Characters. And of course the style the writer is most comfortable with.
      I can get away with ‘chit-chat’ because I write Fantasy laced with humour which allows some characters to engage in positively vaudevillian approaches to their dialogue!


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