Write well. Write often. Edit wisely.
A introduction to the narrative modes of fiction—action, dialogue, description, exposition, and thought—and a brief discussion of how they can be combined in novels.
Tips for writing character thought and inner dialogue. There are options for punctuation and method.
We’ve all seen bad, laugh-worthy dialogue. Examples of bad dialogue and ways to avoid writing it.
Are your characters more than verbal, talking more than they do anything else? Determine if your characters talk too much and learn some fixes for getting them to shut up.
Can you combine dialogue for multiple readers in one paragraph? Learn what readers expect about dialogue and why it’s important to follow the rules.
We add dialogue to our fiction so our characters can communicate. But we also use their dialogue to mis-communicate, to increase tension, to get our characters into trouble. Learn what dialogue can and should do.
Punctuating dialogue correctly can help readers follow your story with fewer distractions. Check out the rules of dialogue punctuation.