Saturday, March 22, 2014


Okay, now no-one will yell at me for spelling it wrong. ;)

Dialogue is one of those things that can either come super easy for folks, or they stink at it. And some people are good at different emotions when writing dialogue.

Personally I write good dialogue when the there is strong emotion. But only for the first few comments. Then everything starts sounding 'real'.

Now usually 'real' is good. But when writing a novel, real is only good up to a certain point. You don't want your story to seem so unreal that no-body can relate, but 'real life' is pretty boring. That my friends is why we have fiction. ;)

So it's the same with the talking in a book. If it were realistic it would sound like this, "Hey Owyn. What's up?"

"Nothing much. How 'bout you?"

"Ah, you know. The usual."

Who wants to read that? : /

Disclaimer. This is Google's picture.

So when writing dialogue, you only write the important stuff. What your characters do and say should either move the story forward, or show a bit of your character's personality.

A funny persons dialogue should sound funny. A serious character should not be making jokes. Unless there is some reason for them too. Which would be moving the story forward.

(NOTE: If you have a character who does is not serious and never talks about anything interesting, then they would be an excuse for writing boring dialogue. But only because it is showing who they are. Just keep in mind not to let them talk a whole lot)

Get it? Got it? Good. ;)

Good luck on your dialogue writing!

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