The regularly scheduled IWSG post is being interrupted to bring you the following important information about the letter D ...
Should writing dialogue be hard? We all speak everyday ... right? So, why would it be hard to write?
Well, partly, because if you are writing "everyday" dialogue, your readers will be bored to tears.
Don't believe me?
Then think about what literary agent, Donald Maass, wrote on the topic:
"In real life most of what people say to each other is drivel. Transcripts of genuine dialogue, as in police wire taps, is a chronicle of halting, disjointed, nonlinear incoherence. Really, it's a wonder that we understand each other. Dialogue in novels is, thank goodness, unnatural. The author has time to think it through" (THE FIRE IN FICTION, p.190).
What do you think?
Is writing dialogue a challenge? Do you agree with Maass?
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