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Share a quote from your characters

Dialogue tells us a lot more about characters than just what they’re saying and the kind of mood they're in. 

The words we put in a character’s mouth give our readers an insight into his/her personality. They help us get to know and understand that person better. If readers like what’s said (and the way it’s said), they’ll feel more connected and therefore more involved in the story as a whole.

Besides, from a personal point of view, making up dialogue is one of things I enjoy most about the writing process.  

With that in mind, I thought it might be fun to share some of the things we have our characters say.

To start us off, here are some one-liners from Snowy, the talking cat in my MG urban fantasy, Fur-Face:

“I don’t beg. I just let them feed me sometimes…when I’m starving…or hungry…or feeling a bit peckish.”

“How would I know how to work a computer? I’m a cat. The only hacking I do is when I need to get rid of a fur-ball.”

“Bill, it’s the middle of the night, I’m a black cat, wearing a pair of sunglasses. How much more camouflaged could I get?” 

Hopefully, if I’ve done my job right, any one of those sentences should show a little of Snowy’s character, even without narrative.  

How about you?  

What have your creations been saying and what does their dialogue say about them?

Care to share?

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Apr. 17th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
The character in this story is off stage, so to speak, and only her voice is heard. She is not described physically. Her three lines of dialog define her:

“Walter, bring the chicken livers back up here right now.”
“Are you decorating your grandfather with Christmas tree lights again?”
“Dinner is almost ready. All of you come and wash up.”

How's that for succinct yet telling bucket loads?
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
I especially like the one about the Christmas tree.

Thanks for sharing :)
Apr. 18th, 2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Ha! We used to decorate my grandmother all the time!! My favorite was when we decorated her with tinsel and Christmas balls, put a bottle of wine in her lap along with several empties on the floor around her. She was sleeping, and didn't wake up through the whole process. She woke after we took the picture.

We were forbidden to use it as the next year's Christmas card. :)
Apr. 18th, 2010 03:30 am (UTC)
That is hysterical; I almost passed out from laughing.
Apr. 18th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
Hehehehehehehehehe :)
Apr. 18th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Sounds like my house.

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