Just like real people in real life, characters in a flash fiction short story reveal a lot about themselves when they talk. Or, at least they should. In the best flash fiction they do.
There is a good reason that dialogue is called dialogue. Dialogue is not just talk. Dialogue is a tool that a writer uses to reveal character, attitude, social class, background, education and all sorts of things that the writer would otherwise have to explain to the reader.
Good dialogue allows the reader to make up his or her mind about a character. Because just like in real life, we judge characters by what they say and we match what they say against what they do.
So, pay close attention to what your characters say. The reader is judging them.
Dialogue can make the internal external.
Hello, fans of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette in Europe. The Old Soldier awoke to the good news that the citizens of Greece voted in the party that wants to stay in the Eurozone; but that party still has to put together a government.
And there was the news that Spain is going to ask for help with its banking system.
How long can this go on?
The people in the circles that I move in don’t seem to be paying much attention to the financial crisis in Europe. Of course, I’m working-class and retired; I live on social security and two pensions. Still, if things go south in Europe I’m sure that it will impact not only me but millions of other Americans, too.
It’s an overcast, warm afternoon in Pittsburgh. Well, the Old Soldier has spent his fun money for the month of June so there will not be anymore karaoke until the first Friday of July; but that’s okay. The Old Soldier has never been good at living within a budget. I do have a system though that works within my limitations.
The first week of every month, when I get my social security and two pension checks, I pay all my bills. Then whatever is left over I spend it just like I want to. It’s not a perfect system but it works for the Old Soldier: two weeks of fiesta and then two weeks of abstinence.
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