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Writing Dialogue

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Kathrine Sticker

on 17 April 2013

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Writing Dialogue Why and How to Let Your Character Speak The Purpose of Dialogue The Dos of Writing Dialogue The Don'ts of Writing Dialogue It's more interesting! Adds details and believability helps readers understand a character better Strengthens characterization and Think about how people really speak. Break up dialogue with action. Read like a writer. Read what other people write and pay attention to what works and what doesn't. Use correct punctuation. Don't include every detail or dialogue that doesn't contribute to the plot Don't try to use a different synonym for "said" every time. Don't rely on stereotypes, profanity, and slang to create characterization Source:
About.com- Top 8 Tips for Writing Dialogue
http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/crafttechnique/tp/dialogue.htm Free Write Using the picture as your inspiration, free write. Who are these two characters? What are they talking about?
What is she reading? What are the bottles?

(5 minutes) Bad Dialogue! "Good morning Janet, how are you?"
"Oh I'm fine thanks, how are you?"
"Not too bad thanks. Lovely weather today is it not?"
"Yes, gorgeous. Thank goodness that rain has stopped.
"Yes, I thought it would go on forever. That's a nice dress you're wearing." Why is this bad dialogue? What does good dialogue look like? The warm wind blew the bead curtain against the table.
‘The beer’s nice and cool,’ the man said.
‘It’s lovely,’ the girl said.
‘It’s really an awfully simple operation, Jig,’ the man said. ‘It’s not really an operation at all.’
The girl looked at the ground the table legs rested on.
‘I know you wouldn’t mind it, Jig. It’s really not anything. It’s just to let the air in.’
The girl did not say anything.
‘I’ll go with you and I’ll stay with you all the time. They just let the air in and then it’s all perfectly natural.’
‘Then what will we do afterwards?’
‘We’ll be fine afterwards. Just like we were before.’ -Ernest Hemingway, "Hill Like White Elephants" Let's practice Silently read your dialogue set up.
Create a short dialog between the two characters in the setup. (7 minutes)
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