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Writing Dialogue


Hello Young Authors! This week we are taking a look at one of the ways that authors reveal character: Dialogue. We learn a lot about characters by analyzing what they say, and how they say it. Read the following example of dialogue:

“You shouldn’t have,” Mary said, scowling and pulling her shawl tighter around her.

“Why not? You’re a wonderful singer! I heard you singing in the garden and thought it was amazing – like a bird, only more beautiful,” said Andrea, smiling.

“But I’ve never sang in front of anyone, before … not if I knew they were there! I’ll choke! I’ll freeze up! I’ll … I’ll die!”

What can we learn about Mary and Andrea’s characters through this dialogue? What do we learn from the “speaker tags” (the phrases that come outside the quotation marks.)

Your challenge this week in your journals is to write a whole conversation between two very different characters.


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