Hello once again Christian writers!

This week, instead of a creative writing tip, here’s an exercise: Listen to a group of children talking – but don’t let them know you are listening!

Girls walking down the road

Here are three things to listen and watch out for:

  • The words and phrases they use. This will help you sound authentic when you write dialogue.
  • The way they interact with each other. Do they tease, joke, stick up for each other, shove each other in fun?
  • Are there any undercurrents you can pick up from their non-verbal communication?
  • Who speaks the most, and the loudest? Who is the quietest? Consider how speech shows character.

So have fun – and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!

JanetJanet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason

P.S. Please share this post on facebook and twitter – let’s reach more writers! Oh, and I think you can email it to a friend, too – I haven’t tried it but there’s an email button there – let me know if it works! 🙂

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