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A Dialogue Tune-up: Mastering Kid-Speak
Dialogue is one of the most important pieces of any manuscript, and this often goes double for children’s works. Dialogue moves the story along, develops the connection between your readers and the characters and keeps things tangible and realistic.
That means that mastering Kid-Speak is unequivocally important.
There is a rhyme and rhythm to the way that kids communicate, where they pause to think, how they choose their words, the direction their stream of conscious takes them in. I’ve often wondered if there are linguists who study children specifically. I bet we could learn a lot about the development of the brain and human instincts by looking at how and why kids pick their words.
As writers, if our characters don’t sound realistic, we’ve already lost the battle. It’s something a child will instantly and instinctively pick up on. The…
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