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August 04, 2014


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Laurie Eno

I concur, except that I caption dog photos and make dogs "talk" on my blog … and I just NEVER know what's going to come out of their mouths.

Can I blame it on the Corgis?!

Ha! :)

Joan DeMartin

My two cents on the fiction writing dialogue question: You're creating a character and however you believe that character speaks is O.K. for the dialogue. For example, if your character is a Valley Girl, she might be legitimately using a lot of "like" and "so". Read the brilliant dialogue of JD Salinger and Mark Twain'. "So" I agree with Yvonne...it depends on your character and what you're trying to help the reader understand through the dialogue.

P.S., I don't write fiction, but love to read it, and have studied it to improve my narrative nonfiction writing...It helps!

Yvonne DiVita

Hi Angela, I think we should use them sparingly, even in literature or fiction. I do agree, however, that the 'depends' word comes to play here. In fiction, or dialogue, the use of these words is a 'depends'. Do they further the meaning or dialogue? If so, then use them. If not, please leave them out.

Angela Norton Tyler/ "Queen Mother"

I agree that these words and phrases should be left out of blog posts. What do you think about including them in literature? Dialogue?

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