Every writer cringes a little when reading terrible dialogue. I know I do. Don’t you just hate the stiff, awkward characters who speak formally no matter the situation? It’s awful. But what if we’re those writers? Here are three tips to avoid that

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1. Read it out loud

This is a big one, and a simple one, too. While reading it in your head may help, nothing compares to reading the dialogue out loud. This goes for anything you write. It’ll sound different when it’s read out loud. Try it out for yourself.

2. Pay attention

Next time you’re having a conversation with someone, pay attention to how they talk. Listen to how you talk. Nothing is more realistic than actual dialogue. If you have a hard time focusing on talking while paying attention to how you’re both talking, listen in on a conversation happening nearby.

3. Ask a friend

A second set of eyes is your best friend. You’ll always be a little biased with your own work, but a critique partner or an honest friend won’t hesitate to help you make some adjustments. I don’t know what I’d do without my own critique partners.

PRACTICE

Write a script for fifteen minutes and really focus on how the dialogue sounds. If you’d like, post your practice in the comments. Be sure to leave your fellow writers a comment!

The Magic Violinist
The Magic Violinist
The Magic Violinist is a young author who writes mostly fantasy stories. She loves to play with her dog and spend time with her family. Oh, and she's homeschooled. You can visit her blog at themagicviolinist.blogspot.com. You can also follow The Magic Violinist on Twitter (@Magic_Violinist).