It’s probably because I was a playwright first before writing novels (or maybe because I’m a chatty person who can’t shut up–ask my cubicle mate), but I am obsessed with dialogue! It’s my favorite part of creating my characters and watching them work their way through my stories.
But sometimes crafting dialogue in an authentic way with a unique voice can be one of the most challenging components to master. That’s why I came up with the S.P.E.A.K. technique to help myself and fellow writers remember some important tips to ensure we’re focusing on our dialogue in a way that strengthens our entire books from characterization to progressing the plot.
The vlog above was made for the site I co-manage–Whiskey, Wine, and Writing–and Brenda asked me to share it with all of you.
S.P.E.A.K. stands for…
- Skip the Obvious
- Pay Attention to Voice
- Engage the Scene
- Always Check Your Tags
- Keep it Brief
Watch the video above to see how focusing on these things can strengthen your own characters’ dialogue.
Do you have your own tips and tricks to writing authentic dialogue? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
Thanks for watching and have a wildly creative day!