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A Shortened Reality: Simple Ways to Create Effective Dialogue in Memoir and Other Nonfiction Writing

Dialogue is more than just conversation; it's a vehicle for moving a story forward.

A careful writer can convey as much or more with a few lines of dialogue than with paragraphs of narrative. A character's choice of words can imply many things, including age, education, home city or region, personal background, emotional state, and thought patterns. 

Here are some brief examples of different characters making the same statement in their own ways, to demonstrate how dialogue, without any adornment, can prompt a reader to make assumptions about an individual.  

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