Yesterday, I got rejected by Space and Time. Soon after the e-mail came in, I took a good, hard look at my short story to see if I could improve anything for the next magazine I submitted it to (Lightspeed Magazine). It mostly looked good, but one thing I noticed was that when I wrote the dialogue between the two main characters, I wasn’t keeping certain things in mind that I should have. Hopefully, you guys can learn from my mistakes. Here are some things you should think about while writing dialogues.
- The social status of each speaker
- The setting/environmental factors
- The speakers’ ages
- Words that the speakers tend to say often
- How smart each speaker is
- What they want
- How much they enjoy talking
- How long they have to talk
- What they enjoy talking about
- Who else could be listening
- How the speakers wish to be seen
- Topics each speaker wants to avoid
- How much they trust each other
- Things only one speaker knows
- What each wants and is willing to give
With these in mind, your dialogues should turn out much more realistic.
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