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Should Dialogue Be Heard Or Shown?


Would you agree dialogue, with its intonations, and moods of the speakers, needs to be written in a manner in which it is heard? Or, should the writer explicitly show what the character feels/thinks?



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RE: Should Dialogue Be Heard Or Shown?

Always show when possible.

for Ex.

Alice said, "I scared to death of Tom."

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The hairs on the back of Alice's neck stood, her knees trembled faster than her lips. She bit down hard on her tongue to stifle the scream building inside, as she watched Tom slowly enter her bedroom.

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RE: Should Dialogue Be Heard Or Shown?
with that example, I might choose to use both. She might tell another person that she's afraid of Tom. The other person would and ask her why and she would answer.

Later in the story, you could show her read physical reactions to Tom entering her bedroom.


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RE: Should Dialogue Be Heard Or Shown?
You need to be careful with the whole showing everything or all the time. It's not feasible to always show and not tell.

The manuscript would be huge for a start. It's more about balancing and knowing what and when to show or tell.

   




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