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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 05:59 pm (UTC)
A character of mine, named Garth, a reluctant knight from a long line of mages (long story, short pier), in regards to an Inn where he saw a picture of a camel on the front (and later learned that the place was actually called the Dromedary Inn). It's more internal than external, but it still makes me smile.

Camels were a fairy tale; and the fairies telling them were none too sober.

Something to that effect, anyway. And if you're writing fantasy, why can't we base some of their fantasy on "real world" stuff, right? XD

Apr. 17th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Apr. 19th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
XD My work is done, here.

Not the story, of course. I'm still working on The Behemoth.
Apr. 19th, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
and speaking of spam (without a stick)
She looked more than a little happy as she sliced the Spam. “Someday we won’t be quite so hungry as we are now, and then Spam won’t taste so good.”

“We were eating Spam in Nebraska before this war started.”

“Were you? I’d thought it was something like Bundles for Britain.” She studied the Spam on her plate a moment before taking her next bite. “Can’t imagine eating this without a war on,” she said passively. I wasn’t sure if she were serious.
Apr. 19th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Re: and speaking of spam (without a stick)
Spam baked with cloves is very good. It tastes almost like ham. ^_^
Apr. 19th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Re: and speaking of spam (without a stick)
I'll try to work that in somewhere.
Although I'd first better find out how difficult it was
to obtain cloves in 1940 London
Apr. 19th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
Re: and speaking of spam (without a stick)
That would be a bit sticky, yes.
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Excellent! :)
Apr. 19th, 2010 07:19 am (UTC)
Thanks. ^_^

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