Powerful Arguments Add Vitality to Your Story and Your Characters
Tension captivates your readers, and keeps your them glued to your pages, Passionate arguments add tension to your story. Your reader will wonder where the argument is going and what will be the outcome.
Powerful arguments produce plot and character altering scenes.
We have a few ideas to help you write fantastic arguments.
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Powerful Arguments Show Your Character’s Personality
Create characters with personalities that will clash naturally given the right spark. Then give them the that spark.
Each character will argue in a different way. Choose how each character will argue. Give them a unique voice and style of arguing. Some people pout others yell. Some use sarcasm or make jokes.
Let these verbal confrontations bring out hidden emotions in your characters.
Be sure the reader understands the stakes. How does the conflict affect your character’s goals? What do they stand to win; or lose?
It’s best if your reader can take sides from the beginning. You want your reader to be cheering for the home team.
Activate all the senses. Remember to show each character’s actions. Describe their tone of voice. What emotions show on their faces. Help your reader visualize the argument.
- Here are some awesome phrases you can use to show personality.
· she lifted her head with pride
· gave a contrite apology
· intent on having his own way
· her frustration reached a flashpoint
· his words only made her madder
· face filled with dismay
· she countered with a septic insult
· doesn’t care enough to be curious about anyone else
blowing hair out of her face in mock exasperation
We have created hundreds of phrases just like these
Here are a few RULES to help you write Augments with Punch
- Both sides should be a little right. You want each combatant to be able to make logical points.
- If you want your reader to stay invested in the argument, Let the outcome remain in doubt,
- Like in a sports, it’s much more thrilling not to know the outcome until the end. This will tantalize your reader.
- Keep the argument tight and as terrible as possible. Short, choppy sentences create the strongest verbal punch.
Use These Phrases to Create Significant Arguments
· Face turned red, eyes narrowed, jaw clenched
· raised a barrel shaped fist
· pinned each man with a significant glare
· nostrils flared viciously
· chin thrust forward in defiance
· placed hands firmly on hips
· spun around and headed for the door
· cut her off with a savage gesture
· snorted contemptuously
· tone got ugly
Create Compelling Arguments
For the argument to be compelling the reader needs to understand what is happening. What does each combatant want to achieve?
Both characters must want something from the other (respect, acquiescence, permission, or something tangible).
They must be fighting for a realistic reason. Foreshadowing may help the reader understand what the argument is all about.
Remember, dialog is only part of your fight scene. In between the snappy one-liners and frustrated yelling there should be actions. What physical actions can you include with the verbal attacks that will add to the emotional impact? You must activate your reader’s imagination.
Help the Reader Visualize the Argument
Maybe these phrases will give you some ideas.
· each trying to anticipate the others next move
· her disapproval radiated in small ways
· searching for weaknesses in the other that they could exploit
· he was suddenly energized, ready for another round
· she was impossible to please
· they sized each other up
· He determined not to run afoul of her temper
· smiled clearly enjoying the argument
· too sure of himself to bother learning about another’s person’s needs
One of the Hardest things to remember is how to punctuate Dialog
Writing arguments is part of writing dialog. We created a simple cheat sheet to help us with this problem.
So now you have the tools to write fantastic verbal conflict. Your readers are waiting. You will find writing arguments using our phrases will become ridiculously easy. So go ahead and download our list of 543 phrases to use in writing arguments.
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