What a coincidence: the topic for the week is WRITING DIALOGUE and today is also the birthday in 1874 of Guglielmo Marconi, credited inventor of the radio.
What's the connection? you ask.
Well, Marconi started a whole new dialogue, in which people could talk to each other across great distances. The first commercial broadcast is commonly credited to a Pennsylvania radio station that, in October 1920, received its license and went on the air November 2, 1920 with the presidential election results as its inaugural show. The election of Warren Harding was the first since the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment on August 18, 1920, and thus the first in which women had the right to vote in all 48 states.
Here's an article that contains a link to the broadcast -- fascinating is the announcer's request that listeners (about 1000) report in so the station will learn how far the broadcast extended. An old time "Can you hear me now."
As far as writing fictional dialogue, here are the rules: You simply have to keep it realistic, but not too realistic. Make it regional, but not too regional. Informational, but not too informational. And, above all, sharp, but not too sharp.
Now you see why I resorted to science to cover the topic.
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