To round off the year I have a piece of fiction called ‘Doctor’s Surgery’ about to be published in Structo magazine issue #7.
Yeah, I know you’ve heard it all before: dialogue “makes yours characters come alive!” and whilst I happen to agree with that statement, I think throwing around writing advice like that is about as useful as spitting out random Nietzsche quotes. Without context, it’s meaningless.
So let me get started by stating quite clearly . . .
I am not an expert in writing dialogue.
There, disclaimer done. But I reckon I know a few cheap tricks. Whether this makes me a good writer or just a bit of a conman, I don’t know but it works for me. So here we go with 10 cheap dialogue tricks . . .