Writing dialogue — realistic dialogue — does not come easily to everyone and is a lot trickier than it might seem. Great dialogue is one of the most vital components of fiction. It helps the reader get to know the characters AND to love them or hate them. It is responsible for not only conveying the plot, but also advances the story, all the while fleshing out the characters, making it a very powerful way of revealing the character’s personality and or quirks. Perfect dialogue is so powerful that if one were to remove all dialogue tags the reader should still know which character was talking.

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