Writing Workshop…Top Tips

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Now for the third instalment in my writing workshop series. Last week was all about the ending of a short story; the previous week focused on the story opening and this week it’s time for a dialogue refresher course:

Top Tips…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue

It isn’t easy to write convincing dialogue and it’s something many writers struggle with. Even if you get the words right, there seem to be so many rules and regulations concerning how it should be set out, the punctuation etc. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help you:

The Do’s

  • Always use speech marks for characters’ words. It’s so easy to miss them off, which can lead to confusion e.g.:

“That’s okay, you go first,” David said. My mother believes it’s important that I behave like a gentleman.

It’s not clear if the last sentence is referring to David’s mother and if…

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