Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Peggy Hattendorf

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Developing Good Dialogue

Developing good dialogue should be easy since it’s basically a conversation with two or more people. We talk and converse with people everyday.  However, we’ve all experienced times in discourse when we take pause – not really sure what to say or how to say it.

For the writer this is magnified as crisp and precise sentences must be developed not just for one but for a host of characters. Then the wording must appear authentic and thread seamlessly in communications between and among characters.

Dialogue is paramount and can make or break a story. Every word must be pondered, every word the proper fit and every descriptive term or adverb cautiously applied.

It’s the essential ingredient that progresses the movement and adds the dramatic touch and overtones to the narration.

Good dialogue commands the writer have an awareness and understanding of the differences in the way people speak and the length of their sentences. Consideration must be given to the use of inflections, slang terms, swear words and colloquialisms. An understanding of socio-economic status and circumstances, geographic locations, accents and regional dialects are also fundamentals in developing appropriate dialogue.

The process of writing dialogue must be viewed from several perspectives. There’s dialogue that requires us to get into the minds of our characters to understand their feelings, thoughts and motivations. Then there’s the scenes where we deliberately keep the character in the dark and don’t permit him/her to act or speak as if he/she has the knowledge of what’s about to happen.

Dialogue must be credible and believable. Dialogue must be meaningful, appropriate and at times dramatic. Dialogue must have rising conflict. Dialogue must be properly placed to interrupt and transition narration.

Dialogue that delivers on all these points will make the book vibrant and come alive in the mind of the reader.

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Author – Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty Travel Editor – hers Magazine

Son of My Father

Author Bio:

Peggy’s earlier careers helped cultivate and enrich her interest in writing. In her executive positions in the non-profit field, she had the opportunity to compose technical and operational handbooks for staff and volunteers for a number of name recognized organizations. Her management experience guided her to a multi-decade second career in the travel industry highlighted with the co-founding of a nationwide marketing consortium and independent contractor network. With over 5000 members, generating $180 million in annual sales, she wrote daily travel updates and news briefs distributed electronically to the membership.  Today, she maintains an ambitious travel schedule and is the Travel Editor for hers Magazine where she writes travel feature articles and Hotel Review blog posts. In addition, she still serves on a number on non-profit boards.  Her background with upscale and luxury travel products served as cornerstones in the character development and storyline of her first novel – “Son of My Father – A Family Dynasty.” She is currently working on her second book.



Author Contact:
Twitter: @peggyhattendorf


16 thoughts on “Spotlight Author Blog Tour for Peggy Hattendorf

  1. This is great post with good information on dialogue. Congratulations on your Spotlight week, Peggy, and best of luck with everything!

    Carol, thanks for being such a great host 🙂

    • Harmony, thanks for stopping by to read and comment on my blog. It was a real treat to be Spotlight Author and the support from Rave Reviews Book Club members has been terrific.

      Kind regards,


  2. I’ve also discovered that we can’t always write dialog the way people speak. If we do, the reader may get irritated with all the “ums,” “ahs,” and “wells.” Dialog must also “move the story forward.” People don’t want to read about all the mundane things others talk about, unless something important is also included in that mundane-ness.

    • Rebecca – I absolutely agree that with you about the “ums” “ahs” “wells” and the overall mundane nonsense that may not only irritate the reader but also neutralize the action. Yes, good dialogue should move the story forward.

      Thanks for your comments.


  3. Tons of good pointers there, Peggy. 😀 I used to feel really worried about writing dialogue until I started to read it back aloud – that way you soon get to know which bits aren’t working!
    Thanks for having us over, Carol 🙂

  4. Excellent post, Peggy. Real dialogue is what makes character believable.

    Carol, you are incredible. Your support just blows me away! Thanks for hosting this talented author.

    • John – thank you for taking the time to read my blog – and I’m glad you found it helpful. Although challenging, I too am finding dialogue the most interesting part of writing.



  5. Hi Peggy. I like your take on Dialogue. It is very important in storytelling. Congraulations Spotlight Author.

    • Shirley – I’m pleased you liked my “take” on dialogue. Thanks for stopping by to read my post. Yes, I have had a wonderful Spotlight Author week and appreciate all the support shown by you and our members.



  6. Great blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost
    on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are
    so many options out there that I’m totally confused ..
    Any recommendations? Bless you!

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