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These are basic tips for writing dialogue that I've learned over the years from workshops with major Canadian writers. Dialogue for scripts and stories requires different approaches. With a script, the actor's tone will deliver the message. With a story, the reader must understand the message.  My two recent phone-calls will illustrate the differences.           People phoned me on the same day asking for charitable donations.  I'd run out of money, so when the first person, from MADD, asked for $25, I said, "Sorry, I can't help you." He said, "Yes, right" and hung up.  To the second man, from the Police Association, I said the same thing, "Sorry, I can't help you," and he said, "Yeah, right."  Almost identical replies, but the tone made the difference between courtesy and rudeness.            If I'd been reading the replies on a page, I might have missed the difference… More posts

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