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Philosophy of Writing – 18 – Dialogue II.

March 14, 2013 by

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When you get good at dialogue all your characters begin to sound the same. You know what people as a whole realistically say. You’ve cut out As-You-Know-Bobisms and Repeat-the-Nameisms. You write dialogue quickly and smoothly. But this familiarity means you also have shortcuts you’ve learned through your fingers over the years — my muscle memory […]

Philosophy of Writing – 16 – Dialogue I.

October 23, 2012 by

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In linguistics it is generally considered to be the case that each participant in a conversation will assume a particular set of things about every other participant. To put it more simply: we expect things from the people we talk to. A useful formulation of this “cooperative principle” of conversation is called “Grice’s conversational maxims”, […]