“Can’t stay long, Mother,” he said. “I’m up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-“
“Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?” said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. “You should have said something, we had no idea.”
“Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,” said the other twin. “Once-“
“Oh, shut up,” said Percy the Prefect.
Recognize this snippet of dialogue from Harry Potter? Dialogue is a useful tool to use in creative writing because it helps develop dynamic and authentic characters. It’s also a great way to provide information in an interesting and entertaining way. Dialogue can be tricky too though, because you have to convince your readers that your characters are actually having a conversation. As a way to practice utilizing dialogue to tell your story, try writing a short story in all dialogue.
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