Thursday, September 12, 2013

Vocabulary 101: Talk

There are as many different ways to talk as there are people in the world. Okay, maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but finding the right word to describe how your character talks can make all the difference. My characters rarely talk. They would rather be chatting, gabbing, gossiping, negotiating, debating, schmoozing, chattering, or even yammering. 

Does your character exchange witty banter with a best friend? Backtalk to their boss? Spout blarney to their brother? Whisper sweet nothings to their spouse? Confess to their Twitter followers? Confer with a colleague? Or quip with a stranger? If the answer is yes, you are well on your way to creative writing!

Don't settle for talking when a wisecrack will do!

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