Ice Friday: Non-Responsive Human Beings

Raymond Carver’s Writing Rule #1 states that the writer must use non-sequiters to create effective dialogue. In other words, believable dialogue only works if the people involved do not respond to one another. IMG_4855The listener simply waits while the other talks and then jumps in to say something sharper,  looking for the laugh, ignoring the fact that the other isn’t listening, only waiting for her turn to jump back in.

2 thoughts on “Ice Friday: Non-Responsive Human Beings

  1. That’s always been my experience with Toronto’s night scene. Either that or everything I say is completely worth ignoring. Please don’t answer that.

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