What Does Dialogue Reveal?
- Spoken dialogue shows the person your character wants others to see.
- Inner dialogue shows the true person, how the character really feels.
Use this knowledge to your advantage. You can have a hero who sweet talks a heroine, but his inner dialogue reveals his nose should be stretched to the length of a ruler. Inner dialogue gives the reader an edge—an inside look at a character’s true self causes the reader to know she is getting a heads-up from a reliable source. By combining both, and focusing on creating actions and reactions, you can make a scene spark.