The surest way to kill the aliveness of our characters is by insisting that they always make sense. When we follow the labyrinth of most conversations, we discover one constant: people always want something.
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A recent conversation about Ebonics got me to thinking about Faulkner and James Baldwin, and the way certain dialects in this country get no respect.
Sometimes the best way to develop a character is to bring the character on stage and let them start talking.
The stage, when you're writing a novel, ...
I was writing dialogue today. I was zipping along, feeling pretty good about things, when I suddenly realized that nothing was happening. My character...
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