Every Monday through most of April 2018, MYSTERY OF CHARACTER FEATURING SHANNON MUIR focuses on the art and craft of writing, from Shannon’s perspective or that of guest authors. To catch up on all posts, check out the MYSTERY OF CHARACTER FEATURING SHANNON MUIR portion of the website! This week features Shannon’s thoughts on dialogue and character.How someone talks can tell a lot about them; so too with fictional characters. Word choice may indicate a level of education. The use of particular slang can indicate a geographical area of origin.
The topics a character embraces or avoids also indicates a lot. Does the speaker focus more on the character or others? These clues may indicate something about the inner workings of a character’s persona.
So look between the lines and see what clues a character’s dialogue holds.
Until next time!