Roundup: Writing Dialogue

In our Roundups segment, we’re looking back at all the great posts since the blog started in 2009. We explore posts from our archives as well as other top literary magazines, centered on a certain theme to help you jump-start your week. This week we have posts on writing good dialogue.

When it comes to dialogue, there is no right answer as to how you should execute it in your story (really, there aren’t many right answers in creative writing). But you know good dialogue when you read it. So what makes it good?

From Ploughshares:people talking in paris

  • Note prompt # 19. Have you ever written a story with only dialogue?

From Around the Web:

  • The Paris Review says, “Real speech deals with whole-wheat crackers. That’s what it’s for. Dialogue deals with whole-wheat crackers only if those crackers tell a secret—if they reveal something about the character speaking.”

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About Jon Simmons

Jon Simmons is the marketing intern at Ploughshares Literary Magazine and a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing candidate at Emerson College. Jon writes short stories and poems and many to-do lists.
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