August 31, 2007, Newsletter Issue #125: Dialogue Abuse

Tip of the Week

Read over the rules for dialogue in the "Dialogue" section, and see if you have broken any. You´ll probably want to compress dialogue in the second draft, cutting out um´s and well´s, eliminating rhetorical questions, and packing each line with a little more punch. Look for places where you can bury instead of quote.

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