Author and Literary Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts, Nadia Kalman, gives us all a short lesson in how to improve fictional dialog. We know that dialog drives the story, but sometimes it can seem clunky and unnatural. This may or may not be due to the fact that as writers we tend to spend a lot of time in solitude and not a lot of time practicing our social skills. Don’t worry – no one is asking you to go strike up a conversation with strangers; however, as Nadia Kalman points out, we can be more intentional in what we happen to overhear in others’ conversations. Ok, let’s just call it what it is: eavesdropping.
Check out the video below to find out what other skills we can use to improve our writing. Do you have any tips? Share with us in the comments below!