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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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out_totheblack
Apr. 17th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Cassandra walked up to him and slapped him across the face. “Ow!! What was that for!”

“For being part of this.For calling me a thief!”

“I’m sorry, Cassie, but you have to admit, you are a thief.”

“I-do-not-steal. I merely acquire mementos of my clients, nothing to valuable or that will be missed.”

“Oh, yeah. What about that small silver statue of the little drummer? That has been in my family for centuries!

“That old thing? It looked like it had been through a fire. I didn’t think it was important at all.”

“IT WAS IN THE SAFE!

“Well, I only took it because I thought it was old and not important. I wouldn’t have taken it if I’d known it was important.”

“IT WAS IN THE SAFE!”
tracy_d74
Apr. 17th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
LOL!
jongibbs
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe, I like that safe line :)
out_totheblack
Apr. 18th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

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