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There is this small dialogue to open a new minor character. And, I don't know. I am hoping it does not come off as artificial or fake. I'd post it on the forum, but I think it is best to let it go for now until I go back and edit later. Besides, part of it is a bit political. It's objective really, but the character is dishonest because he is a Republican. Typical accused Republican vices. Which he has, but read what you will of the idea that Republicans are all liars. Maybe he is a liar who just happens to be a Republican, and....well you see the problem. The point there is I leave it to the reader to decide. That's not a problem IMO, but good writing. Anyway, I am letting it go, but part of it seems fake. I wonder if it sounds too much like something out of one of those bad TV dramas. You know the bad scripting. Think Blue Bloods...Law and Order...How to Get Away with Murder...........

Well....maybe all of my dialogue sucks. But hell, it can't be to realistic. People talk a lot of nonsense and bs.

Well, I am moving on, but it sort of has me all neurotic.

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  1. Smith's Avatar
    The key is not making it contrived. And keep in mind that you can be cliche without being contrived.

    Of course, now I'm going to tell you that deliberately making dialogue sound contrived could be a useful tool. You just have to know how and when and why.

    In any case, I'd have to read it to form an opinion.
  2. wainscottbl's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smith
    The key is not making it contrived. And keep in mind that you can be cliche without being contrived.

    Of course, now I'm going to tell you that deliberately making dialogue sound contrived could be a useful tool. You just have to know how and when and why.

    In any case, I'd have to read it to form an opinion.
    Cliche, is bad, right, but having a character say, "The apple doesn't far from the tree" is fine (people are always using cliches in their speech) but narrating "He was like his father, so the apple didn't fall from the tree." But the apple saying can work, even in narration.
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