Houston Writers Group - At Rice Village Message Board › Avoid boring dialogue....
Fort Worth, TX
Just read an article about TOO MUCH DIALOGUE. How characters those ramble on and on can be boring in real life and a book. The most common errors are –
1) When a character speaks in complete sentences like most of us never do in life.
Eg- “Take the child to the forest and kill her and bring back her heart and tongue as proof that she is indeed dead.”
2) Answering a question with more info than the other character is asking. Long winded answers.
3) Giving speeches or reporting through dialogue. Using dialogue as an excuse for backstory.
4) Telling another character what happened in a previous scene. We know….we just read it.
5) Delivering info that both characters out to know.
Eg- You know you are 24 years old.
Edited by Inder on May 16, 2013 7:59 AM