Thank God It’s Monday! #mysteries #writing #crimefiction

Thank God It’s Monday! To get us off on the right foot, here’s a quote on writing realistic dialogue by Aaron Elkins, author of the Gideon Oliver (anthropologist-detective) and Chris Norgren (art curator-sleuth) series:

“Every mystery writer had better be concerned about writing realistic dialogue–but ‘realistic’ isn’t the same thing as ‘real.” In writing realistic dialogue we’re not trying to document authentic speech; we’re trying to set it down as people remember speech, as they think it ought to have been. . . Realistic dialogue attempts to capture the flavor of real speech, but it does it selectively. Word repetitions, hesitations, stammers, and dead ends have to be ruthlessly pruned…” (From Writing Mysteries: A Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America.)

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