(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 26 January 2014.)
Ernest Hemingway and John O’Hara brought home to me the power of dialogue. These two authors, more than any of the other hundreds of authors I’ve read, made me realize that one of the best ways to render a fictional character is to let that character speak in his or her own voice. And it’s much more efficient than describing what the character is like. This is a very important consideration for the writer of flash fiction.
In real life, we judge people by what they say and how they say it all the time. A reader does the same thing with your characters when he or she reads your fiction.
So, pay attention to the craft of writing dialogue. Listen to the diction, syntax and rhythms of everyday speech. If you haven’t noticed already, speech has a definite beat just like music.
One of the best ways to make your characters come alive is through the power of dialogue.
Hello hello hello, my brother and sister readers and writers of erotic flash fiction from all over the world! It’s the beginning of a new week. In a few days I’ll return to my beat in Little Italy to report on a few of the comings and goings on and around Liberty Avenue.
The first thing I’m going to do is to pay a visit to the electronics store right next door to Armand’s bar on Liberty and to see if it has any refurbished computers. My present computer is twelve years old. I wake up every morning wondering if I’ll be able to connect to the Internet. And everything runs so slow. My Internet service provider technical team says there is nothing wrong with my high-speed connection. I just need a computer with more power and one that runs a more up-to-date Windows program. My present computer runs Windows XP. It doesn’t even have a number. The latest Windows is Windows 8; but I don’t want to pay $350 for a new desk top. So, I hope I can get a refurbished one with plenty of space on the hard drive.
I won’t be a webmaster long if I can’t even connect to the Internet.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, the premiere online publication of erotica for men and women who enjoy art, creative writing, culture and explicit sex all in the pages of the same magazine.
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