2. Don’t forget body language and expressions.
Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communication, so don’t forget to include clear descriptions of body language, gestures, and facial expressions.
Fatima crossed her arms and said, “I don’t want to go to that restaurant.”
3. Avoid names as much as possible.
People rarely address each other by name when having a conversation.
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4. Mix dialogue with narration.
Adding dialogue to break up long blocks of narration keeps readers interested in your story. Dialogue brings your characters to life and keeps the plot moving.
5. Dialogue needs a purpose.
Avoid small talk between characters. Only include conversations that are necessary to move the story forward. Cutting out needless words and phrases keeps the reader engaged without altering the storyline.
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