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What Dialogue Can Do for Your Stories--And What It Should Never Try to Do

What Dialogue Can Do for Your Stories--And What It Should Never Try to Do | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Do you write dialogue? Did you know that many acquistions editors at publishing companies use dialogue as the "test" for whether a manuscript gets read?

 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Renni Browne and Dave King tell the story of interviewing different editors in the publishing industry. What do you look at first, when reviewing a manuscript? they wondered. More than one revealed this: Editors scan through the pages for a section of dialogue and read it. If it's good, they read more. If it's not good, the manuscript is automatically rejected.

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Your Dialogue Is Showing

Your Dialogue Is Showing | The Funnily Enough | Scoop.it

Whether you are a strong advocate of show vs. tell, or you find it an overused instruction that’s oft misused, one thing is for certain: dialogue is always considered showing.

 

There are some people who don’t really understand why this is so, to them dialogue often seems the very opposite of showing: people telling each other things.

 

The reason isn’t do with what is being said...

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