META: The Problem with Dialogue

chrisouteast at chrisouteast at
Mon Aug 11 01:05:25 PDT 2008

On Aug 7, 9:34 am, EDMLite <robroger... at> wrote:
> On Aug 6, 12:52 pm, chrisoute... at wrote:
> > This is a newbie post, but I'm just going to jump right in.
> > One of the big challenges is finding a way for the characters to talk
> > like themselves and not like the author -- I think films are a good
> > way to pick it up.
> That's a really good point.  I've sometimes
> found it helpful to imagine actors I know
> playing the roles of the characters in my
> stories.  I really struggled with writing
> dialogue for Captain Continuity, for example,
> until I decided he would sound exactly like
> Patrick Warburton.  After that, it was a
> breeze.

That's something I hadn't considered, but it's an interesting
approach.  I wonder how many comedy supervillains have been based on
Rick Moranis or Steve Martin? :)

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