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Waiter, there’s great dialogue in my story!
Here is what the dialogue could look like if we structure and shape it in the right way.
‘Waitress, there’s a fly in my soup!’ I jabbed a finger at the bowl.
She cracked a big piece of pink gum in the side of her mouth. ‘Nah,’ she said, ‘it’s just a burned crouton.’
‘It’s a fly!’ I felt my face turn red. ‘What’s it doing in my soup?’
She peered down for a closer look. ‘Backstroke?’
Look, don’t just listen
Many of us tend to focus on just the words our characters are saying in the story. This is good, but we also need to pay attention to how it’s going to look on the flat surface of a page. Structure doesn’t just give us a better-looking story; it also makes the experience more enjoyable for the reader. The reader must see it and hear it in his or her imagination.
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