S6E1 – Writing Dialogue

Happy New Year, listeners! Welcome to 2020.

Authors can always be served by returning to the basics of writing. We spend so much time focusing on the grand scale of books – plot, themes, sequels – that the simple pieces of writing which make a story stand out can be lost. This month, Writing Roots is focusing on the nitty gritty, from writing dialogue and humor to developing character voice.

Dialogue in writing is tricky. So much goes into determining just how spoken words appear in a story. Authors must consider the character, their background, and their situation, while still making it feel natural to the reader. Ley and Leigh discuss the use of dialogue, languages, accents, and more in this episode.

First aired January 2, 2020.

As promised in the episode, here is the link to the XKCD comic “Fiction Rule of Thumb.”

About the Author
Ley is an editor and author of action/suspense novels.

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