I discovered a blog today by Wayne Levine, the director of the West Coast Men’s Center in Agoura Hills, CA. It’s an interesting read for any author struggling with dialogue between male characters. (View blog at http://tinyurl.com/qpuwoe)
In my opinion Wayne is right on the mark. I have many guys in my world: friends, cousins, confidantes, subordinates and colleagues so I’m able to be very observant of the dialogue that takes place between men. Remember my April 22nd blog post about 37 Rules to Being a Man. (It was funny but an unspoken code that many men adhere to obeying.) Don’t laugh, ladies. I’m still searching the internet to see if someone breeched our code book and put our secrets on display. LOL
I think it’s very important to listen to the dialogue around you. If you find you’re writing a scene that doesn’t ring true to the ear (thanks Melissa for your insight on this) simply stop and imagine real people saying your lines. And if that fails just ask some of your beta readers to give it a read. If you’re off the mark they’ll be the first people to tell you the truth.
Take a moment and read Wayne’s blog for more insights, you’ll be glad you did.
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