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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 07:35 pm (UTC)
"It is not a magic wand. It is an anomaly compass."
-- Oranaan in "It's Not Magic, It's Science!" in Torn World

"She said once that our lives are like the song of the wind as it flows down the mountain, through the willows and the spruces, down to the sea. Not even the wind knows what its song will be until it gets where it's going. I think Oromaal's life made a happy song."
-- Fala in "The Song of the Wind, the Sigh of the Willows" in Torn World

"These teeth, like stars, guide us on our way and light our path through dark times. They symbolize the love and trust our children place in us. This is why we measure our success by the number of teeth we bear."
-- Oyera in "These Teeth, Like Stars" in Torn World

"I'm rich now, Erwen. That was rather the whole point. I'm going to take the money and leave. I think I'll become a perfumer. I am so tired of being a whore, but I've seen how the idle rich live and it would bore me to death. I want to do something interesting for a change."
-- Marlinia in "The Political Courtesan Strikes Back" in The Lorelei Signal

“Bottom line, gentlemen. How do we protect our country? How do we protect our planet?”
-- President Adelaide Feldhaker in "Clean Sweep" in The Lorelei Signal

"I was twelve years old when the first of my seven brothers died."
-- Haylaa in "Peacock Hour" in Triangulations: Taking Flight
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay...
They're all good, though I think Marlinia's line says the most about her character.

Thanks for sharing :)
Apr. 17th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay...
Yeah, I went looking through stuff I'd had published recently. Some of my unpublished material has tighter characterizations, like Shareem's "Gently if possible, firmly if necessary." Nutshell.
Apr. 17th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay...
I don't know about you, but I think the dialogue doesn't even have to be earth-shattering, just so long as the character's personality comes through.
Apr. 17th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay...
True. There's a flavor to the way that some characters speak which makes them fun to read. When I'm pulling samples, though, I tend to look for key lines that will be interesting outside the context of the story in question.

It's fun to see what other people are writing, also. I've pimped your post over on my LJ.
Apr. 17th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay...
Thank you, that's most kind.

As for dialogue, I think one of the best examples I can think of is for the characters on Joss Whedon's Firefly. I could listen to those guys speak all day :)
Apr. 17th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Okay...
Oh gods yes. Mal could talk all day and never lie and never reveal a thing. Impressive!

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