Daily Archives: September 26, 2011

How to achieve the balance between narrative and dialogue

I was watching to a webinar recently, given by agent Scott Eagan of Greyhaus Literary Agency (it accepts romance, and women’s fiction), and I heard something that I thought I would pass along.


He was talking about the balance of narrative and dialogue, and talked about how he was once reading a novel, and he felt as if he was learning an enormous amount, but the information was presented so transparently he hardly notice it.


How did the author do it?


She wedged little pieces of information into the dialogue, like a sandwich. So there was dialogue, then the info dump, then dialogue.


I’m going to try out this technique myself, but thought I would pass it along to all of you.



Do you have any craft tips you’d like to share? Feel free to drop a comment in the box below.


Have a great week!


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