It’s all about perspective. As writers, we don’t want to limit ourselves to our own unique perspective, one single way of looking at the world. We want to tell stories rich with diverse viewpoints and varied understandings of life.
"Dialogue is not just quotation. It is grimaces, pauses, adjustments of blouse buttons, doodles on a napkin, and crossings of legs."
Dialogue should be the simplest thing to write. After all, we spend the greater part of our lives listening to people speak, ramble, argue, whisper, and scream. We listen to them in real life, on television, in movies. Strangers and friends and family. We converse. We eavesdrop. We use our own voices.
So why is writing dialogue so hard?
For me, Scrivener is up there with books, dogs, and peanut butter. If you have ever had a conversation with me, you know how high of a compliment that is.
I genuinely feel that if you are a writer of any sort (including academic) and have not used Scrivener, you are missing out on something.
Let me start at the beginning.
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