My A to Z challenge theme is writing terms. Today is brought to you by the letter D.
D – Dialogue:
The words spoken by the characters of a story.
In order to tell the story, every dialogue needs to have meaning within the story. Whether that is character development in showing their strengths, weaknesses, their backstory, or foreshadowing, it conveys an integral part of the story otherwise, why is it there? A dialogue can also be a way to share information without sounding like an info dump. Michael Crichton was expert at conveying information within the dialogue. By doing this he also kept the action going in the story, which in turn keeps the reader moving forward!
The final outcome of the main complication of a story or play. It usually occurs after the climax and reveals all the secrets and misunderstandings connected to the plot. In other words, you tie up all of your loose ends including that minor character that you left back at camp with a bullet hole in his leg, hoping that the field doctor would arrive in time. Inquiring readers want to know!
D – Draft:
A completed version of a writing which may be rewritten, revised, or polished. Just because you have a draft does not mean you have a publishable manuscript. On the other hand, I need to learn to let go and cut the cord.
That concludes our lesson for the day. Tomorrow, it’s back to double bird killing. We writers are an evil lot!
Write on my friends, write on!
Till next time,