Adding dialog lets readers “hear” how a character sounds. Does he sound like a southerner, an immigrant or does he speak formally annunciating each word? Of course, we’re generalizing.
- Go through the story and introduce dialog—direct and indirect.
She said she can’t make it to the Christmas party is indirect dialog.
• “I can’t come to the Christmas party,” she said. This is an example of direct dialog.
• Sometimes, adjectives can be changed into dialog. She was furious can be changed to “Don’t ever use that tone with me again or you’ll get a lickin’ you’ll never forget.”
- Make a list and check it twice: does your character have any pet words or phrases? My grandmother would often say it was as dark as the inside of a pocket.