"Do you write good dialogue?" Maybelle asked.
"Of course I do," Hubert said.
Maybelle squinted. "Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am," Hubert huffed. "Why do you ask?"
How do you feel about writing dialogue? Love it? Hate it? Not sure how to do it?
Laura Pauling's recent post offers help. Entitled Questions to Ask Before Cutting/Adding Dialogue, it outlines ten points to consider when writing dialogue. It's a great listing of advice and ways to enhance and self edit dialogue. Laura also invites readers to share their dialogue hang ups and solutions.
My favorite is point 9, not because the contributor and I share a first name, but because it asks something I remind my writing students to consider. What is it? It discusses the overuse of exclamation points in dialogue. This is a pet peeve of mine, not just in dialogue, but in all writing. Too many of them dilute our intended point and make our writing weaker. Ah, I could go on...perhaps I'll save that for another post...
Laura's got me curious now; I'm interested in hearing what dialogue tips you have, and what challenges you find (or not) when writing dialogue. Please share, and don't forget to hop over to Laura's blog too.
For bonus brownie points, rewrite the dialogue above. No real brownies are at stake, but surely you can make Maybelle and Hubert's exchange sparkle more brightly than I did.
Happy weekend and happy writing:).