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Now, onto a little Revision Warrior-ing:
My take on authentic voice in dialogue…
Right now I'm working on strengthening voices in my dialogue. My current WIP, which is a middle grade fantasy stars a pair of best friends and a younger sibling. They share many, many scenes together. Keeping their voices distinct is paramount. The younger sibling is a touch easier, but the best buddies—I need to check on them from time to time.
These are the techniques I’m using for dialogue as I go from scene to scene:
1) First pass—just get the dialogue out. All I’m doing on the 1st draft of a scene is getting out their dialogue, making sure each character is hitting the points they need to say.
2) Second pass—customize. After the conversation has been blurted out, I go back through and customize. My MC’s name is Tobin. This pass I scrutinize the lines and think, “Is this how Tobin would say it?” Then I go back through for the supporting characters.
3) Third Pass—READ ALOUD. Here’s where I get a good dose of, “Is this authentic sounding?” People don’t speak like instruction manuals. Real conversations are usually to the point, full of incomplete sentences, and often, grammatically incorrect. That’s okay! Run with it. You know the tone of each of your characters Trust it.
Do you have any go-to tips for dialogue? Please share!