If you are using dialogue—say it aloud as you write it. Only then will it have the sound of speech.
Writing Dialogue can be a confusing situation for beginners first time around. It’s easy to end up with pages of long dialogue that a reader would find boring and doesn’t seem to lead anywhere.
- When you write dialogue think about the objective of the conversation before you start. Break the dialogue down into segments that become like building blocks that lead to the final words.
- Think about what it is exactly that the characters are saying and why the are saying it. It should lead, in some way, to a turning point or a revelation in the story that will make the reader keep reading. A bit like a hook.
- Practice listening to real conversations between people and then ask yourself how you would convert the conversation into a piece of dialogue. You’ll discover that most of the conversation can’t be used in a story because it is full of humming and hawing. People often take a long time to get to the point in real life, they also miss the point a lot and end up saying nothing of value to the listeners.
- Your dialogue in your story should have meaning and carry the story along. It will appear like real speech but when put up to the test, you wouldn’t find people speaking this way in real life. In fiction writing there is no room for the grunts and moans of real life speech.
- Don’t forget, practice makes perfect and if in doubt just aim for the final words and write it as short and succinct as possible.
Enjoy your writing and explore different ways of Writing Dialogue, good luck and have fun.