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You could communicate it through verbs, like- Laughed Chuckled, etc. Or you could show the thoughts of your characters. Or, you could also use body language.


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I've always used just a simple, 'he grinned' or 'smiled, or for greater effect 'chuckled' or 'laughed', during the dialog tag. I don't know your context, so I can't say which one to put there. This may seem simplistic, but it makes the effect.


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The Goodbye Doesn't Matter Exactly how the POV character says goodbye - with a hug, or a kiss, or with tears, or whatever - doesn't matter. It doesn't really show us anything meaningful about the character. The Conflict DOES Matter You have a throw-away line about how Dyllan and Sophia are enemies, and then the two start sniping at each other. Dig into this. ...


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Not all goodbyes need to say 'goodbye'. The first step is to decide what each character stands to gain and lose from the departure. For instance, in the example you give, the MC: gains time to work on her project gains personal time to recharge gains distance from her current situation gains the excitement of a new adventure loses the support of her husband ...


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You can call it "off the grid" for a month. Or a "meditation retreat", which is what it sounds like. Or something new and more specific: A creative retreat. Or creative meditation retreat. I'd have somebody new, a friend or coworker that doesn't quite get it, create a minor conflict that gives an excuse to explain it. I called Sarah. &...


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