The best advice I ever got about writing dialogue for flash fiction was to keep it short. A professor told me that. His advice has served me well.
He went on to explain that he didn’t mean that my characters had to always talk in snappy, short sentences; but he did mean my characters should not give speeches, not unless there was a good reason for a character to be long-winded.
He also gave me another piece of good advice about writing dialogue. He told me that dialogue is not talk. By this I knew he meant that it had to serve the story. It had to move the story forward. It had to carry necessary information for the reader. It had to carry tension and it had to characterize the speaker. That’s a lot. And then on top of all of this, dialogue had to read like natural “talk.”
So, my advice to you is, don’t shy away from using dialogue in your flash fiction. It is a powerful tool for bringing immediacy to your story. It gets your characters inter-acting with each other.
It makes your characters come alive.
The Education Of A Blogger
Well, the Old Soldier is getting a real education about being a blogger now that I’m self-hosting my blog on WordPress.org. I have to do everything myself. WordPress.com was so easy, but they didn’t like all the sex on my old blog and they shut me down. So, when I moved to WordPress.org, I signed up with a hosting site that provides me with 24/7 technical backup and assistance. They helped me to get the New Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette up and running. Now I don’t have to worry about all the sex.
And now that this blog is up and running I’m learning all kinds of things about SEO, plug-ins and a lot of other stuff.
My host fee of $84 for one year is worth it.
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