Fiction Writing: Editing Dialogue and Punctuation
Most of us writers know that dialogue editing and punctuation learning is a critical skill. There are no specific guidelines or hard rules to dialogue, but there is a common acceptance. This post examines several variations and processes to editing dialogue and nailing the proper dialogue punctuation.
1. Talk It Out: How To Punctuate Dialogue In Your Prose
This article will both cover the basic ways to punctuate dialogue in American English and explore some of the less traditional methods. We will also talk about each method affects tone in your story. We will focus on dialogue in prose writing that is being spoken by characters in the story.
3. An Editor’s Six Tips for Better Dialogue
Creating the perfect dialogue doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s like telling a story around a campfire…without the adverbs. Here are 6 easy tips that can make anyone’s dialogue better.
2. 9 Rules For Writing Dialogue
Dialogue must be in conflict, must have a purpose, and must drive the story forward. If you can explain the characters motivation and provide information, you’ve nailed it! But that’s only 3 of the 9 rules. Check out the other 6 rules for writing dialogue.
4. 5 Tips for Editing Dialogue
Sometimes just reading aloud your dialogue reveals errors and missed opportunities for improvement. Ever heard of naked dialogue? It’s a thing and it’s important to include in your manuscript.
5. How to Write Realistic Dialogue
Edit my dialogue? But it’s sooo good! Who cares if it’s twenty pages long…Readers do, so it’s time to do some cutting and it starts with these two rules…keep sentences short and cut unnecessary dialogue.