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Monday, 29 March 2010

I would just like to say.....

"So? What did you think of the book?"
"The book. The one I got you for your birthday? What did you think of it?"
"Mmmmm...it was okay I suppose."
"Okay? That's it? Okay?"
"To be honest, I didn't actually finish it."
"You didn't?"
"Why on earth not?"
"Well, the dialogue put me off if you must know. All the time nobody was speaking it was fine, but as soon as the charcters started talking it fell flat on its face. The people came across really stilted...not a bit natural."
"Duh. It's a book...not a movie. They're not real people."
"But that's just it, they should be real people...in your head. But these didn't feel like that. It really spoilt the book for me; the storyline was fantastic, the characters believable, but the dialogue...diabolical."
"Does it really matter that much?"
"God yes! The characters bring the story alive, without good dialogue they just come across flat and, quite frankly, unreal."
"So you're saying, that one little thing, can murder a story."
"Completely. Dialogue has to be realistic or it lets the whole thing down."
"Suffocates it dead in its bed."


  1. That's a nice interaction, Miss. I love educational. If I can add one thing I recall from school...edit out unnecessary rambling and thing like:'umms, errs, OKs' etc from your dialogue that slow things down and remove the reader from the story.

  2. Hi Alan....you're back!
    I know exactly what you mean, I don't usually add in 'umms, ahhs and duhs', just did it this time for the hell of it! Good to hear from you.

  3. I really struggle with dialogue. It's hard to make it flow with the story sometimes. Good posting, Akasha.

  4. I think I must be quite lucky, I find dialogue easy to write. It helps if you read it aloud to yourself - I do this all the time, much to the annoyance of my family!!

  5. Awesome! That had me laughing *and* thinking. A deadly combo. :-)

  6. Onipar ~ laughing and thinking at the same time! That sounds painful.

  7. Here, here, Akasha! Good post!

  8. Yeah, it did make my head pound a bit. :-p