Need feedback on the amount of dialogue

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Post by Guest »

Need feedback on the amount of dialogue to put in a 70-80,000 word novel. Is there a respectable % of dialogue?

Post by Ian »

Somewhere between 0% and 100%. It depends on so much.

Post by Andy »

There needs to an amount that feels natural and necessary.

It really is like asking 'how long is a piece of string.'

The answer : as much as you need to do the job well.

Post by Ron »

The right amount of dialog is the amount of dialog that your book needs. There are no rules.

Post by Mike »

You need to make sure you aren’t writing a screenplay unless you’re writing a screenplay. Your readers won’t understand the situation with only dialogue and long drawn out dialog without beats of descriptive world building risks becoming boring. How much is too much or too little depends on the read through.

Post by Melvin »

Writing is an art, not a formula

Post by Christian »

Use dialogue when needed. There is no set amount. Just make it relevant. Henry James's masterpiece "The Bostonians" is almost 500 pages, and has relatively little dialogue. Meanwhile, Robert A Heinlein's masterpiece "Methuselah's Children" is dialogue heavy.

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