41. How To Write Great Dialogue

The key to writing great dialogue is subtext. This is one of the hardest things to write, but it really is the stand-out factor that will get you noticed by agents, editors, and readers. In this writing lesson, we’ll talk about what subtext is, along with a few other tips for how to write great dialogue. We’ll cover:

  • Why it’s important that characters never say exactly what they’re thinking.

  • Strategies for rewriting a line of dialogue to include subtext.

  • An example of great subtext from a popular TV show.

  • 4 additional tips for writing better dialogue.


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