Monday Discovery: Joe Bunting’s The Write Practice

At The Write Practice, Joe Bunting offers not only sound writing advice; he offers the opportunity to practice whatever skill he’s exploring on a given day. This article, 16 Observations About Real Dialogue, is one of the best I’ve read. Very practical.

For example, here’s Observation # 5:

5. Real People Refuse to Repeat Themselves

Sometimes, when the other per­son can’t hear and says, “Huh? What did you say?” real peo­ple don’t repeat them­selves. They say, “Nothing. It’s not impor­tant. Never mind. I’ll tell you later. Forget it.”

Sometimes, this leads to bickering.

This tech­nique is espe­cially effec­tive if a char­ac­ter has just said some­thing vul­ner­a­ble. People will rarely repeat some­thing embar­rass­ing or hurt­ful or vul­gar. You can draw atten­tion to their vul­ner­a­bil­ity by hav­ing them refuse to repeat themselves.

“Team Solitary”
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Visit  The Write Practice, a great resource  for both beginning and more experienced writers.

Author: Gerry Wilson

Fiction writer. Avid reader. Former teacher. Wife, mother, grandmother.

5 thoughts

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this resource. I’ve recently been more motivated in my fiction writing, so it’s nice to hear about websites and books that can help me develop my craft.

  2. I love the Write Practice website, its a brilliant resource website. 🙂

    I’ve been studying how to write dialogue as well. One of things I’ve learned is that characters rarely address each other by name, (something I’ve often made the mistake of doing in my fiction work).

    People don’t really use names when talking to each other, but my characters would address each other way too often for it to be natural (‘Would you like more tea Jeff?’, ‘Jake, where did the taxi go?’).

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