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Writing Tip: Learn to Hear Dialogue

Lee Duigon

This is what they call in the swordsmanship schools “a secret technique.” Only I’m talking about writing, not swordsmanship.

Where do you find great dialogue?

From real life.

Yesterday, at the Chinese restaurant, I paid for my order and, as I was leaving, said to the cashier, “Ta-ta.”

“Ta-ta? What’s that?” he asked.

“It means bye-bye,” I said; and drawing on my meager stock of Chinese, added, “Tsai-chien.”

Whereupon he smiled and replied, “Adios!”

Or this one, from a day at the ballpark: a woman called to the vendor, “I’ll have a hot dog–with the works!”

He answered, with a show of great patience, “Lady, this is Yankee Stadium. You get a hot dog, a roll, and a little mustard. That’s the works.”

Keep your ears peeled for the way real people really talk. They’ll often surprise you with nice bits you can use in your writing.

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About weavingword

Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history. Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first two books in the series, "Journey to Aviad" and "Ancient Voices: Into the Depths" can be found at Amazon and other online book retailers. "Journey to Aviad" is now FREE. Visit to learn more.

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