Thoughtful Dialogue

SML_dragon_logo_BlackGreenThe young lady sighed as the dragon began entering the room. ‘Get your head out of the doorway,’ she snapped. Dragons like dialogue can be rather difficult to contain, and have the potential to wreak havoc in the story. The best advice I received is to restrict the use of dialogue. Like any writing tool it needs to serve a purpose, no idle chit chat will do. There is an art to refining the speech of characters and I have a tendency to use far too much in the first draft. I cannot help it sometimes I just need to get it out there to move the story forward.

The Back Story

Take care to weed out the back ground and extra information from your dialogue. If it sounds boring or gives too much away it can do more harm than good when left in. You may find yourself delving into the character’s lives rather than focusing on the events that take place. I find it helps to bring out a little about who the characters are and the choices they make. This can be said with few words, the less the better.

When Dialogue Counts

Like any writing tool choose when you want to use it, and take the time to think about how it changes the scene. Dialogue needs to make an entrance, or convey a message that could otherwise not be described. Just as the dragon misjudging the size of the door is not the best way to make an entrance. It could make for a great deal of fun though. Dialogue can work well for highlighting a misunderstanding when there is more than one opinion. Just as the dragon had not thought about how to get out of the doorway, and somehow managed to damage the walls as it left. No dialogue is needed to describe the aftermath for the scene, well maybe one word. Even dragons know they are in trouble when someone shouts their name. After all, I am still having fun with speech and choosing the right moments.

Published by Chantelle Griffin

The ultimate quest is about to begin. If you love fantasy with adventure and a hint of the unexpected. Escape into fantasy, and the mystical world of magic mixed with adventure. Where you are in good company. Although chose your company wisely. There are anti-heroes, wizards, and a range of chaotic characters ahead. Not to mention dragons. A fantasy world set in an ancient mythical world has to have dragons. Tales of sword and sorcery with danger thrown in. Captivated Chantelle from a young age. Reading until all hours of the night to find out what would happen to the characters. There was just one problem the fantasy world was not enough. The story would finish far too soon. Hidden away in the distant past the life of a fantasy writer began. The real life struggles have been a saga all of their own for author Chantelle Griffin. Originally known as Chantelle Lowe and born in Tasmania, Australia. Her dreams haunted her from an early age. Vivid tumultuous dreams carrying adventure and danger. Took the author into her own fantasy world filled with sorcery and treachery. A story that continues to captivate her writing. If you love fantasy with adventure follow the Legacy of Zyanthia series.

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