For our May “Learn to Write by Reading” challenge, we invited you to examine books that had great dialogue. Now, apply what you learned to your own manuscript.
Dialogue isn’t just characters talking. The words should be interspersed with action, description, and character thoughts. Note how the author of the book you read for this month’s challenge used those elements to create tone, give information, and alter the story’s pace. Selecting a scene from your story, write three different versions: one with only dialogue, one with more action, description and character thoughts than dialogue, and one where the dialogue makes up roughly half the word count. Which one gives you the best tone and pacing for the scene?