Tips from the Terrace

Writing Dialogue

Found the following quote when I was researching an article on pattern recognition. 

"Anyway, real, nonpretentious sentences -- the kind that we speak rather than the kind that we write down -- tend to be less than fifteen syllables long. Again, I'm not referring to the hoity-toity sentences that we spray all over each other when we're at work, but rather the workaday sentences we use on our family when we get home. If you push your listener, you might get 30 syllables into a sentence and still be understandable, but once you get up to 70 syllables, it's a real strain to keep track of."  
                                                                 Chris Crawford