Thursday, December 23, 2010

Writing advice

Writing advice from ELIZABETH BOWEN

1.Dialogue should be brief.
2. It should add to the reader’s present knowledge.
3. It should eliminate the routine exchanges of ordinary conversation.
4. It should convey a sense of spontaneity but eliminate the repetitiveness of real talk.
5. It should keep the story moving forward.
6. It should be revelatory of the speaker’s character, both directly and indirectly.
7. It should show the relationships among people.


  1. Great advice. Thanks for sharing. And have a happy holiday!

  2. Excellent tips! Easy to post beside the computer, too. Thanks for sharing, Buffy. And have a very happy holiday!