1. Do your characters each have their own distinctive 'voice'?

2. Can you tell who is speaking to whom by the dialogue alone?

3. Have you used a combination of dialogue and action that moves the story forward?

4. Does the dialogue sound natural and realistic?

5. Is the use of expletives and/or slang necessary for the purposes of characterisation and authenticity?

6. Have you relied too heavily on changing spellings or inserting apostrophes in place of dropped letters, rather than using the rhythms of speech to effectively convey dialects and accents?

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