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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 07:47 pm (UTC)
An American with an English accent. It's not Dick Van Dyke is it? :P
Apr. 17th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Waist gunner on a B-17

Of course, the next few paragraphs aren't dialogue, but...

She liked to imagine that Stanley would one day take her to Ohio. She wondered if they might share a Hershey bar every evening.

She knew that Cleveland was a modern industrial city, and a cultural center to rival--well, she didn't know of any cultural centers in the United States, but she was sure that Cleveland was foremost among them.

Honestly, she couldn't imagine Americans living in anything but log cabins. She envisioned every American, other than Mister Roosevelt, perhaps, sporting a raccoon hat and buckskin coat, with a shouldered Kentucky long rifle, whatever that might be, waiting to shoot another Indian.

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