If you’re like me, you may find yourself using certain descriptive words more often than others. D.L. Finn shares how to break out of that habit, and why you should, in her entertaining and educating article.
Hi SEers! Denise here to discuss what happens when people talk to each other and how to apply that to writing.
Have you ever watched people talk? Do they sit and speak without moving or any expression? In my family, I’m surrounded by Italians. Hands are always flying around during conversations. I know who not to sit next to during a meal if knives are being used. It’s dangerous!
Besides hands, heads are moving, faces change expression, bodies are constantly in motion, and tone shifts can take the spoken level from high to low. The speaker’s mood comes out in not only their words but their body language.
Yet, when I first write a dialog for a story, I only put the conversation. I barely tag who’s talking. Later, when I’ve completed the story, I go back and add all the movement that accompanies the words.
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Thanks, for sharing this, Pattty!
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It’s great information, Denise, and I love your style. I can so picture your Italian family, and that comment about the knife had me laughing! Love this! And I really did order an Emotion Thesaurus.