How observant are you?
Do you register faint changes in facial expressions? Do you notice the body language as one person passes something to another? Do you recognise the real meaning in people’s tone of voice?
These are all elements you can write into your story to make the characters, and what they do, more believable.
People watching is a great way to build up a resource to draw on.
Two elderly men in a nursing home exchange life stories during their time there.
They gradually come to realise they are not strangers to each other as they have previously thought.
Their paths have crossed before.
Do you use he said and she said when writing dialogue?
Or do you use some of the alternatives given in the diagram here?
I have my own opinion and that is there are some very valid alternatives given here but they should be used sparingly and only to enhance the speech. In my own way of writing I try to be as spare with any he said‘s and she said‘s as possible. I don’t want too many elaborate verbs to get in the way of my dialogue.
Let’s take an example using a couple of the suggestions given: Continue reading
Dialogue is a wonderful tool for showing the nature of someone’s character in your story.
In real life we are constantly measuring and gauging the character and nature of people around us. From an evolutionary point of view this would be to assess safety and threat; how comfortable we are with a person, or people, or how threatened we feel. Continue reading