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Have you ever thought about the many varied ways people can say things? You can use these different responses to show your character's personality in your dialogue scenes. They are a great way to Show rather than Tell about your character.
For instance, think about the many ways a character could word his or her reaction to something negative, as well as to something positive:
Opposing or Negative Reactions
1. No way!
2. I can't believe you just said that.
3. Uh…I don't think so.
4. Yeah, right.
5. Gimme a break.
6. Are you kidding?
7. You've gotta be kidding.
8. You're pulling my leg.
9. Like, I'm sure.
10. That's crazy.
11. Forget it.
14. Ditch that.
15. That's the stupidest thing I ever heard.
16. [expletive] that!
17. No [expletive]!
18. Put a lid on it.
19. What've you been smokin'?
20. Oh yeah?
Affirmative or Positive Reactions
1. All right!
2. Right on!
5. That's great!
6. That's freaking fantastic!
7. Shiny. (as in the TV series Firefly--or make up your own slang)
8. That's the best news I've had all day!
9. I'm sooo excited!
10. Omigosh/Oh my god/OMG/Oh my gosh.
11. No way! (notice how this can be positive or negative; context is key)
18. That's so wonderful.
20. Far out.
All these reactions have slightly different nuances of meaning. They show different types of characters--consistent with their upbringing, social/economic status, self-confidence, vocabulary, energy levels, culture, etc. Such variety! Don't get stuck with one type of response. Choose the responses that fit your characters, and keep the usage consistent.
Can you add to this list of positive or negative reactions?
How would the character in YOUR novel react to either good or bad news, or both?
Have you ever thought about how these subtle differences relate to your characters and your dialogue scenes? Have you made adjustments for consistency?