Kirby – 2008-06-01 2:42 PM Thanks, everyone. It’s gonna be gonna then. What are your thoughts on, “Billy is out back,” versus, “Billy’s out back?” My main characters are teenagers. In my mind they would say, “Billy’s out back.” Actually, I’m not a teenager and that’s what I catch myself saying. One of the concerns with my manuscript by an agent was that the dialogue was stilted. Trying desperately now to get my characters off the stilts. lol In one of my fiction writing classes, my professor said NOT to write casual dialogue, although I see it written this way quite a bit. Thank you again.
Has this professor read many novels? Such as Huckleberry Finn, for example. Many call it the greatest American novel ever written, and it has anything but formal dialogue.
And has he actually sold a novel?