Really, if there's one thing all of these dialogue-editing points have in common, it's this: don't bring your reader up out of the scene. Think about the last time someone interrupted you while you were in the middle of a really good book. Now, imagine if the author did that to you! These editing points will help keep your reader comfortably engrossed in your scenes, and they'll come back out to the real world and remember that they were actually reading a book when they're ready: not when you remind them that they are.
Okay, here's the deal. I know I said that this would be the last post in the Rainbow Editing Method, but I'm feeling like it needs one more to pull it together and wrap it up well. So, I beg your patience in that regard. The second shade of blue - Dialogue, Editing and Sound - is dark blue. I tend to be heavy on dialogue, since I write a lot of loudmouths who like to bicker with one another. So, since this is the biggest checklist I have, let's dive right in! We'll start with mechanics and move into meatier stuff toward the end.
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