The Walking Dead and how it can relate to writing – Part Two


Welcome to part two of my three-part blog. In my last blog, I wrote about character driving plot so this time I want to concentrate on the other plot driver dialog. I’m comparing these lessons to what I’ve observed on the show the Walking Dead, but dialog inspiration can be found in many places.

If you’re like most writers, you want your dialog to be fresh, relevant and snappy. It should reel the reader into your world and breathes life into your novel, novella or short story. Many articles on dialog writing warn against info dumping, a story killer if ever there was one, speech flow and placement, and they are all good tips, but I want to talk a little about holding information back. What your character says is almost as important as what’s not being said.

Mystery in a story is a good hook. It forces the reader to think and keeps them turning pages to find out what happens next. It’s also a good idea not to presume to explain everything. Your explanation may not jibe with the reader’s interpretation and thus turn them off. Let the reader figure out some of what’s going on and come to their own conclusion. What they pull from your story may surprise you and force you to rethink what you thought you knew.

Well, that’s it. Please drop a comment if you agree, disagree or just want to get something off your chest. All comments are welcome.



5 thoughts on “The Walking Dead and how it can relate to writing – Part Two

  1. I couldn’t agree more! It’s very much a weighing scales, too much tips your book one way, and too little tips it the other. Of course, balancing the scales is never as easy as it seems.
    A good analogy Keith 😊.

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    1. You are so right, Sally. You don’t want to leave to much out then then the reader has no idea what you’re talking about. On the hand too much and you can sound like you’re telling the reader what to think and that can be a turn off.


  2. Well put. I love a good balance. There are extremes if you give too much away it could not only detract from the story but it also risks having readers feel like the writer thinks they are stupid and need everything spelling out.
    Getting the balance is very important.
    Thanks for another well thought out post. I enjoyed reading it.

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