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Dialogue can be a tricky one. It needs to sound natural, read like speech but it can’t sound exactly like how your friends, or you, talk. What’s the balance? How could you improve your dialogue?

Real speech vs. written speech
You could compare a book and real life dialogue and let me tell you, they sound different. One reason is because in writing, we want to get our point across so it is written in more clarity whereas in the real world, people make more mistakes or they may get things in the wrong order. This is done so that it is a lot more easier to read.

For example:

“What was that for?” He wheezed.

This is easier to read because we know the person is a boy who asked a question. We can also see he is in some sort of pain because he coughed so we imply that someone hurt him and this is his response.

In real speech:

“Wh-at wa-a-a-as th-th-that fffforr?”

This is hard to read but it can be used sparingly if you really wanted to although try not to use this type of speech pattern because it could be jarring to the reader (and it kind of reminds me of some badly-written fanfiction).

Too much information
There may be some people who tell everything and anything all at once but sometimes this is not such a good idea. In a book, people may be uninterested in the character blurting out words which were forced into their mouths. It could also mean missing an opportunity to feed information slowly to the reader for some big tension.

Information can be shown in other ways than dialogue. These could take form in a note, description (highlighting important factors), a small event which happened in a scene, anything. Dialogue should be there to show how characters interact (and among other uses) with a sprinkling of information.

Read wisely
Reading good books will help improve your dialogue as it will open new horizons and style choices. Furthermore, a good idea is to read books which have a similar genre, style, or audience to your own as this will help you pick up on similar concepts and phrases you could use.

Listen carefully
The best way I improved my own dialogue is to listen to other people speaking. You don’ need to directly listen to their conversations, but you notice their speech patterns, the way they change the subject etc.. The brilliant thing is that, as long as there are people around, this can be done anywhere you want!

Watch your dialogue tags

Dialogue tags help to decipher who is speaking, how they are speaking, or what they are doing. First of all, “said” isn’t as bad a word you think it is. If it is used after every piece of dialogue then there is a problem. I recommend you should mix it up with a few verbs and very few adverbs.

Sometimes you may not need a dialogue tag if it is clear who is speaking throughout the exchange of words. However, I would recommend limiting this to two people as more than that could mean the red flag of confusion.

Further reading
There is only so much I can write because these are only the basics. Here are some links to a few more tips on writing dialogue:

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Dialogue

An Editor’s Six Tips for Better Dialogue

My Dialogue Sucks: Tips for Improving Dialogue In Your Novel

If your Dialogue fails, so will your story

(PDF file) Writing Really Good Dialogue

How to Write Good Dialogue: Ten Tips

10 Tips for Writing Impactful Dialogue

3 Keys to Writing Good Dialogue

Writing Dialogue that Works

9 Tricks to Make Your Dialogue More Organic

Dialogue Tags

How to Punctuate Character Thoughts

How to Write Strong Dialogue In Children’s Books

Top 10 Tips to Write Engaging Story Dialogue

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Hello! i got asked by sexyhoneythighs and unravellations last night on twitter about how i make my gifs so I will be showing you my method of making them (the tutorial isn’t for beginners, sorry! :c )

TIPS BEFORE WE START:

  • to make HD gifs it’s so important to use HD videos (720p or 1080p) or else they’ll look pixelated and you won’t like them
  • Use Topaz, here’s a tutorial of how to install it x 
  • download my actions (for gifs only) here (works on frames up to 60) then load the actions into Photoshop
  •  tumblr basic photoset layouts image

now let’s start:

step one:  delete any unwanted frames and change the timing,  I usually set my gifs to 0.10 seconds then select all the frames and press flatten frames into layers image

step two: go to actions > topaz > topaz denoise > press play selection (don’t freak out when the action plays lol) 

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wait until it’s done, then press stopimage

click on the first frame at the bottom and the first frame in the other side like thisimage

go to actions > topaz > topaz clean gifs then play selection, wait until it’s done and press stop then add the coloring you like, resize your gif.. etc

step three: saving the gif, it’s the most important part [read the captions] for bigger size click here

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close “save for web” window delete some frames or resize the gif to a smaller size so it will be under 2MB.

final settings, for bigger size click here:

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and we’re all done :D here’s my gif~~~

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Like or Reblog if you found this helpful <3 

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actions

3D effect | borders (2)borders - dotted and dashed (6) | gaussian blurGIF sharpening #1 | GIF sharpening #2 | GIF sharpening #3 | GIF sharpening #4 | GIF sharpening pack (4)image sharpening #1 | image sharpening #2 | image sharpening #3 | image sharpening #4 | image sharpening #5 | image sharpening #6 | image sharpening #7 (2) | image sharpening #8 | image sharpening #9image sharpening pack #1 (3) | image sharpening pack #2 (2)image sharpening + topaz pack #1 (2) | image sharpening + topaz pack #2 | noise #1 (3) | noise #2 (5) | noise #3sharpening pack - one for GIFs and one for images | topaz #1 | topaz #2 | topaz pack (2)

brushes

brush strokes #1 | brush strokes #2crayon scribblecute arrows | eraser rubbings | geometricgrungy paint brushes | paint splatter #1 | paint splatter #2paint splatter & strokes | picture frames #1 | picture frames #2 | pixel patterns | variousvintage flowers

colourings

any GIF #1 | any GIF #2 | any GIF #3 (+b&w)bright #1 | bright #2 | bright #3 | bright #4 | bright #5 | bright #6 | bright #7 | bright #8bright for GIFs #1 | bright for GIFs #2 | bright for GIFs #3 (+b&w)brownish #1 | brownish #2 | brownish #3 | candids - brightcolour isolation for GIFs (multiple colours) | colourfuldesaturated #1 | desaturated #2desaturated brown | desaturated for GIFs | enhanced pinksevents - bright | greyish + enhanced pinkhigh contrast | high contrast + enhanced red | high contrast + vibrant | interview GIFsmanips #1 | manips #2 | manips #3muted pink | muted with bright pink | pale (+b&w)pale for GIFs #1 | pale for GIFs #2 | pale for GIFs #3pastel #1 | pastel #2 | pastel #3 | pastel #4 | pastel #5 | pastel #6 | pastel #7 | pastel #8 | pastel #9 | pastel #10 | pastel #11 | pastel #12 (+b&w) | pastel #13 | pastel #14 | pastel #15 | pastel #16pastel for GIFs #1 | pastel for GIFs #2 | pastel red (+b&w) | pink + green enhanced | pink + purplepink enhanced #1 | pink enhanced #2 | saturated #1 | saturated #2 (+b&w) | saturated #3 (+b&w) | saturated #4 (+b&w) | saturated for GIFs #1 | saturated for GIFs #2universal #1 (+b&w) | universal #2 | universal #3 | universal #4 | universal #5 (+b&w) | universal #6 | universal #7 | universal #8 | universal #9vibrant #1 | vibrant #2 (+b&w) | vibrant #3 | vibrant #4 | vibrant #5 | vibrant #6 | vibrant #7 | vibrant #8 (+b&w) | vibrant #9 (+b&w) | vibrant #10 | vibrant #11 | vibrant #12 | vibrant #13vibrant for GIFs #1 | vibrant for GIFs #2 | vibrant for GIFs #3vibrant for personal imagesvibrant for screencapsvibrant with brown tint | vintage

gradients

b&w pack | colourful #1 | colourful #2 | colourful #3light leaks (88) | pale (mostly) | pastelsvarious #1 | various #2 | various #3 | various #4 | various #5

patterns

pixels #1 (60) | pixels #2 (4) | stripes - larger (9)

templates

almost squares (9 images) | circle (15 images)circles (9 images)circles - 2 columns (8 images) | circles - 2 rows (8 images) | cracked geometric pack (5)diagonal stripes (6 images) | diamonds (16) | frames (8 images) |  geometric (4 images)geometric collage pack (7)horizontal rectangles #1 (3 images)horizontal rectangles #2 (32 images) | horizontal rectangles #3 (15 images) | horizontal rectanges #4 (10 images)horizontal rectangles with blank space #1 (8 images) | horizontal rectangles with blank space #2 (6 images)horizontal rectangles with borders (6 images) | horizontal rectangles with coloured borders (6 images) | picspam #1 (21 images) | picspam #2 (8 images) | picspam #3 (10 images)polaroid pack #1 (8) | polaroid pack #2 (10) | polaroid pack #3polaroid wall #1 (9 images) | polaroid wall #2 (7 images) | random rectangle pack (2)random rectangles & squares #1 (12 images) | random rectangles & squares #2 (18 images) | random rectangles & squares #3 (8 images) | random rectangles & squares #4 (7 images)random rectangles #1 (6 images) | random rectangles #2 (9 images) | random rectangles #3 (11 images) | random rectangles #4 (6 images) | random rectangles #5 (18 images) | random rectangles #6 (12 images) | random rectangles #7 (11 images) | random rectangles with border (6 images) | rounded squares (36 images) | squares #1 (60 images) | squares #2 (9 images) | squares #3 (27 images)squares & rectangles with borders (4 images)squares in circles (6 images)squares with blank space #1 (4 images) | squares with blank space #2 (16 images) | squares with blank space #3 (4 images) | squares with blank space #4 (6 images) | squares with blank space #5 (36 images)squares with borders #1 (3 images) | squared with borders #2 (6 images)squares with circle in centre (5 images) | squares with circle in centre (8 images)template pack (6) | torn papervertical columns #1 (12 images) | vertical columns #2 (12 images) | vertical columns #3 (8 images)vertical rectangles #1 (6 images) | vertical rectangles #2 (9 images) | vertical rectangles #3 (16 images) | vertical rectangles #4 (15 images) | vertical rectangles #5 (14 images) | vertical rectangles #6 (20 images)vertical rectangles with blank space #1 (2 images) | vertical rectangles with blank space #2 (6 images | X (1 image)

textures

abstract grain - warm (7)aged film (10) | b&w (15)borders #1 (15) | borders #2brush strokes #1 (14) | brush strokes #2 (25) | brush strokes #3 (20) | cloudy (8)colourful grungy #1 (10) | colourful grungy #2 (20) | floral (30)grain, grunge, & abstract (10) | grain + light leaks (6)grainy #1 (10) | grainy #2 (6)grunge/grain + lyrics (45)grunge #1 (11) | grunge #2 (10) | grunge #3 (17)grunge fabric (12) | light leaks #1 (20) | light leaks #2 (10) | lines & dots (15)miscellaneous #1 (50) | miscellaneous #2 (50) | miscellaneous #3 (55) | miscellaneous #4 | miscellaneous #5 (40) | miscellaneous #6 (26) | miscellaneous #7 | miscellaneous #8 (50) | miscellaneous #9 | miscellaneous #10 (25) | miscellaneous #11 (20) | miscellaneous #12 | miscellaneous #13 (50) | miscellaneous #14 (50) | miscellaneous #15 (26) | miscellaneous #16 (28) | miscellaneous #17 (62) | miscellaneous #18 (55) | miscellaneous #19 (95) | miscellaneous #20 (27) | miscellaneous #21 (39) | miscellaneous #22 (65) | miscellaneous #23 (11) | miscellaneous #24 | miscellaneous #25 | miscellaneous #26 (10) | miscellaneous #27nature (30)paint #1 (25) | paint #2 (32)paint splatter (5) | paper (24)paper - subtle grungypaper scans + other (13)picture frames (70) | vintage #1 (50) | vintage #2 (11) | watercolours #1 (20) | watercolours #2 (9)

tutorials

2 GIFs on one canvas | border | bruisescolour isolation (GIFs) | colour isolation (images)coloured spots on GIFs | colouring GIFs (dark scenes)colouring GIFs (light & dark) | colouring GIFS (pastel #1) | colouring GIFs (pastel #2)colouring GIFs (saturated) | colouring GIFs (soft glow) | colouring GIFs (vibrant) | colouring part of a GIF | combining two GIFs in timeline mode | cutting out people/objects |  decorating GIFsdisjointed textdistorted GIFs | distorted image #1 | distorted image #2 | editing HQ images #1 | editing HQ images #2enhancing eyes #1 | enhancing eyes #2 | extending background of GIFsfinding texture materialsflickering static GIF | flickering text | ghost GIFsGIF flash transitionGIF timing | GIF transition effectsGIF overlay #1 | GIF overlay #2 | grainy GIFsgrainy graphicgraphic (cloudy screencap) | graphic (cutout with typography) | graphic (tree + face overlay) | graphic (hair into trees) | header #1 | header #2making a PSD colouring (bright and vibrant) | making & decorating one colour GIFs | making GIFs with subtitlesmaking GIFs using iMovie | making GIFsmaking HQ GIFs #1 | making HQ GIFs #2 | making HQ GIFs #3 | making HQ GIFs #4making icons | manip (changing clothing) | manip (face swap) | manip (holding hands) | manip (personal)movie poster | paranormal GIFpicspams (bright & glowing) | picspams (colourful #1) | picspams (colourful #2) | picspams (colourful & vintage)picspams (light effect)picspams (rainbow) | random letters text animationremoving faces | sharpening GIFs | softening screencapstext animation | toolboxtwo GIFs on same canvas | typography #1 | typography #2 | using actions on GIFsusing grey texturesusing textures #1 | using textures #2 | using textures #3

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starrify-everything:

TIPS:

Tips For Characterization

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Tips From Great Authors

The Importance Of Body Language

34 Writing Tips That Will Make You A Better Writer

Things Almost Every Author Needs To Research

Eight Short Story Tips

How To Stop Procrastinating

Ten Exercises In Creativity

How To Show (Not Tell)

Ten Ways To Avoid Writing Insecurity

Why Research Is Important In Writing

Five Ways To Get Out Your Comfort Zone

Seven Ways To Use Brain Science To Hook Readers And Reel Them In

The Difference Between Good And Bad Writers

Five Essential Story Ingredients

Formatting Your Manuscript

Four Ways To Have Confidence In Your Writing

99 Ways To Beat Writers Block

You’re Not Hemingway, Helping You Develop Your Own Skill

Best Apps For Writers

Online Whiteboard

This Sentence Has 5 Words

GRAMMAR (WORDS):

Urban Legends From The World Of Grammar

20 Common Grammar Mistakes

Synonyms For Said

Alternatives For But

Alternatives For Angry

Alternatives For Whispered

200 Words To Describe Light

45 Ways To Avoid Saying Very

Colour Names

Other Ways To Say…

Lay vs Lie

Make Words Longer

Words And Meanings

Common English Mistakes

Online Etymology Dictionary

Tip Of My Tongue

Cliche Finder

NAMES:

7 Rules Of Picking Names For Fictional Characters

Names In Different Time Periods

Behind The Name

Meaning Of Names

Fake Name Generator

Random Name Generator

Quick Name Generator

Fantasy Name Generator

Baby Names Country

Muslim Names And Meanings

Indian Names And Meanings

Name Playground

NOVEL:

How To Rewrite

Editing Recipe

How To Write A Novel

Writing 101: Revising Your Novel

Revising Your Novel: Read What You’ve Written

Finishing Your Novel

Novel Outlining 101

Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes

13 Most Common Errors On A Novels First Page

How To Organize And Develop Ideas For Your Novel

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

Family Tree Maker

Tips For Characterization

Character Trait Masterlist

Character Bio Help

Character Writing Exercise

123 Ideas For Character Flaws

Three Ways To Avoid Lazy Character Description

How To Create Fictional Characters

Writing Magical Characters

Character Development Sheet

Character Development Worksheet

Character Chart

Character Chart For Fiction Writers

100 Character Development Questions For Writers

Ten Questions For Creating Believable Characters

Ten Days Of Character Building

Writing Effective Character Breakdowns

PLOT, CONFLICT, STRUCTURE and OUTLINE:

When To Change Paragraphs

36 (plus 1) Dramatic Situations

How To Write A Death Scene

The Snowflake Method

Effectively Outlining Your Plot

Tips For Creating A Compelling Plot

One Page Plotting

How To Create A Plot Outline In 8 Easy Steps

Choosing The Best Outline Method For You

Creating Conflict And Sustaining Suspense

Conflict Test

What Is Conflict?

Writing The Perfect Scene

How Can You Know What Belongs In Your Book?

SETTING, WORLDBUILDING AND FANTASY:

Masterpost For Writers Creating Their Own World

World Building 101

Creating A Believable World

Maps Workshop - Developing The Fictional World Through Mapping

Creating Fantasy And Science Fiction Worlds

Writing Fantasy

Myths

Creating The Perfect Setting

POINT OF VIEW:

Establishing The Right Point Of View

How To Write In Third Person

The I Problem

OTHERS:

Types Of Crying

Eye Colours

Skin Tones

Who Do I Write Like?

Write Rhymes

Survive Nature

How To Escape After Being Buried Alive In A Coffin

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goddess.

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Vogue China December 2013, "The Grand Masters"
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