DIALOGUE IS THE DEVIL (Writing tips continued)
Some say the ‘devil is in the detail’. I say, ‘dialogue IS the devil’.
Dialogue needs to flow naturally. When dialogue is working well, you no longer feel that these are unreal characters using words that the author has made up. You feel that these are real people. A great idea to get a true feeling for how people really speak is take a long train ride or sit in a café and do some eavesdropping! Listen to the people around you.
And especially don’t be afraid of using contractions such as ‘I didn’t’ as opposed to ‘I did not’ – or ‘I will be going to the shop to purchase some bread’ instead of ‘I’m going to the shop for some bread’. After all, your characters are real to you and they should also be real people for your readers as well.