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How to Write Natural Dialogue

August 11, 2016

A Writer's Path

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by Victor Salinas

Dialogue. It’s the lifeblood of any work of fiction. It’s how we get to know the characters of a story. It’s the way the characters speak to us.

And it’s also a trap for many writers.

It’s one thing to write dialogue. It’s another thing entirely to make it convincing.

So often, dialogue comes out as forced. Stilted. Not sounding like real people speak. Dialogue can sound like the author is having a conversation with themselves… which is exactly what’s happening!

So how can this be avoided? How can you stick to writing natural dialogue?

I have a few techniques I’d like to share with you.

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