As I was sorting my inbox so I could read and reply to A to Z blogs (if I ever catch up), I found another blogger's post titled "D is for Dialog". She may have spelled it differently, but I worried my post might become redundant.
Not so! This month Megan Morgan is on a mission to cure writers of this awful insanity we call writing. I whole-heartedly support her cause. If you have any hope of quitting, SAVE YOURSELF!
Unfortunately, I'm addicted. Beyond hope.
So my word today, like hers, is...
D is for Dialogue
Whether spoken or in a character's head, dialogue is often an important aspect of a picture book. It is also very hard to get it right.
Good written dialogue is very hard to get right because
"Peep! Peep!" say the small chicks.
"What a wonderful boat! Your Papa would be proud." said Mama.
and sometimes it outright lies:
"I sure hope no innocent little succulent child
happens upon our unlocked home while we are somewhere else."
A story told in all dialogue - when done well – can be a fun format. Here are a few books that do it well:
Books I hinted at:
Books I mentioned:
And the main reason I'm following the alphabet:
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)