Interruptingummingand aahing

In real life, most people sprinkle their conversations with 'ums' and 'aahs'. They also tend to interrupt the person speaking to them, so that sentences are cut short in mid-flow.

If fiction writers were to include this sort of dialogue in their stories, no one would read past the first piece of conversation. In fiction, each character must have their say in their own instantly recognisable voice.

In order to produce realistic dialogue, therefore, you have to develop a good ear for listening to how the people around you speak and an ability to transfer their 'voices' onto the page in an acceptable way.

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