I don’t stutter, nor do I have a lisp or any conversational problems. No, I’m referring to my inadequet dialogue writing skills. Having worked on my Nano novel a little this month, I realised something. I often find my dialogue to be limp and a little corny at times and turn around to read some of the most riveting dialogue with the result that I feel hopeless. I know my strong points in writing. I am great at descriptive writing, I enjoy and am good at narratives and I am decent with opinionated writing. Dialogue, however is the weak, worn string in my high-performance bow.
My dialogue idol is Jane Austen. Unlike most other authors, she manages to make fairly bland conversations entertaining and engaging for the reader. “Pride and Prejudice” in particular showcases her brilliance with conversation. The characters become based on their conversations, the readers can learn about entire aspects of a character just by what they say. That is what I aspire to do with my dialogue. I only have to work out how.
A little help?