So I’m writing a non cliche high school story (at least, I’m trying) with a black MC (I’m a black girl, so I know what’s true about my ethnicity and what’s not). When it comes to me writing, I want to write character dialogue that is believable, relatable to others, and relevant to their personality (but sometimes I have a hard time with this). When it comes to narrating however, I struggle A LOT with finding the right words, and in the end, I use my phone to search synonyms/strong verbs or adjectives or end up using the same words without knowing until I proofread, and I feel dumb doing both! So I have [multiple] of questions to ask you guys!
- What kind of (give me a quoted example) dialogue (or strong adjectives/verbs) describes:
- Intelligence/sounding smart
- No emotion (just neutral)
- What words should I avoid using often?
- Any other words to use besides said, asked, and confused?
- What’s the difference between using quotes inside a punctuation mark and outside a punctuation mark?
- I’m writing my story on paper, so is there any way to emphasize my dialogue? I.E. All caps, cursive handwriting (which I can’t do btw), bold.
That’s all for now. Feel free to add answers to my questions related to what I need help with! And you don’t have to answer all these questions. Thanks for reading!