Using Dialogue in Fiction: This Is a Debate?

Let Charles know what YOU think about dialogue, in the comments under his original blog post 😎

Legends of Windemere

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I was a little confused when I stumbled onto the debate about the use of dialogue in fiction.  At first, I thought it was the method or amount of use, which is probably how it started.  By the time I showed up to listen, the people were divided into two camps.  One claiming that dialogue is an essential tool of storytelling and the other saying that it was an archaic trope that is no longer necessary.  Well . . . I’m only going to touch on what I think about dialogue because I’m sure this differs depending on the person.

As I’ve stated many times over the years, I write in third person present tense.  This means you’re reading stuff as it unfolds and it’s through a spectator perspective instead of a first person narrator.  Because of this, I can’t really use flashbacks to cover…

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