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2. Vary the pace of your writing, from slow to fast and back to slow.
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3. Read your writing aloud, all of it, not just the dialogue. This will tell you if it is flowing. It will also show you the pace of the writing which you may want to vary.
4. You can use dialogue to expose the quirks and ticks of human behaviour, show how people don’t listen to each other, how they say one thing and do another, how they say one thing and think another, how they repeat themselves, how they contradict themselves…
5. You might have written the most clever, lyrical piece of prose, but if it is not serving the story or your characters, it will have to go. Sorry!