Some of the most powerful examples of dialogue are found in the Bible when God, Himself, speaks.
In Genesis 3:8-9, we read:
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
In Luke 23:34:
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
In Revelation 22:17, the Holy Spirit speaks:
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
As we make it our goal to hone our writer’s craft to perfection and create realistic dialogue that sings, let’s make it a priority to sit each day in God’s presence and write down examples where He speaks to our heart.
Each day, take pen and paper in hand and journal your conversations with God. Learn to linger in His sweet presence. Write down your questions, your sorrows, your joys, and your discoveries. Wait for God to speak, and then write down the words He shares with you.
This time of daily refreshment lingering in the delightful presence of the Lord while journaling your dialogue with your Beloved will teach you to add depth and realism and honesty and beauty to the dialogue in your manuscripts in ways you could only have imagined. It will also bless you in a million indescribable ways!
-contributed by Nancy I. Sanders