Say What? Writing Dialogue

Meredith Bond
4 min readMar 17, 2024

Dialogue is an essential tool of the novelist, but too many either don’t know how to write it or may not understand all that well written dialogue can do for their story. This is going to be a two-part blog post because there is just that much to say about the topic.

Dialogue is used by writers to:

1. advance the plot,

2. to develop character

Advancing the plot:

The most obvious use of dialogue in a novel is to advance the plot. People talk, things happen. Easy as that.

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Meredith Bond

Award winning author, Meredith Bond's books straddle that beautiful line between historical romance and fantasy. Merry is also a writing coach and formatter.