Five Great Quotations about Dialogue

“The language fictional characters use is chosen for effect, at least if the author is concentrating.” – John M. Ford

“All the information you need can be given in dialogue.” – Elmore Leonard

James Blish told me I had the worst case of ‘said bookism’ (that is, using every word except said to indicate dialogue). He told me to limit the verbs to said, replied, asked, and answered and only when absolutely necessary.” – Anne McCaffrey

“Always get to the dialogue as soon as possible. I always feel the thing to go for is speed. Nothing puts the reader off more than a big slab of prose at the start.” – P.G. Wodehouse

“A two-headed man should have twice the IQ, and the ability to have internal dialogues externally.” – Jarod Kintz