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Transcript of Dialogue
- Follow with a lowercase letter if a speaker tag is being used.
- Use a capital if it goes right into action.
: "Katie, do you want to go to the mall today?" she asked sheepishly.
If no speaker tag follows the quotation:
"Welcome home." She
stepped forward to take
"Thank you." He offered his own hand in return.
- Quotation marks show where the exact words of the speaker begin and end.
"Katie, let's go to the mall today," Camilla exclaimed.
A comma separates the quotation from the speaker tag
There are many reasons to use dialogue in your creative writing
- Add detail
- Re-live a scene
- Reveal more information about characters
Things to Remember
-Write it as realistically as possible.
-Make it clear who is speaking when.
-Do not give too much information or unrealistic information in dialogue.
-Keep the conversation moving.
-Make it as easy to read as possible.
Rules of Punctuating Dialogue
- Start a new paragraph when a new person speaks or a large passage of action interrupts the speaking.
- Use quotation marks to surround all spoken words on both sides.
- Use speaker tags to show who is talking
- Use the proper end marks.
- End marks always go inside the quotes.
(possibly the most difficult part of dialogue)
Use a Period
- Some quotes are divided in two.
- If quotations are divided, don't capitalize the second part of the sentence, and use two commas to separate the quotation from the speaker.
: Katie, if we go to the mall," Camilla asked, " you can buy a gift for your mom."
- If the divided quote is two sentences, use a period after the words that tell who is speaking.
: "Katie, do you want to go to the mall?" Camilla asked. "Then you can buy those pants that you wanted."
Question Mark or Exclamation Mark
Back to the story...
After the dialogue ends and you are ready continue the action of your story, start by indenting for a new paragraph.
Put "said" to bed!
Try using these different variations to spice up your dialogue:
whispered giggled scolded sang
agreed advised clucked croaked
snapped interrupted laughed
cried commanded boomed
wailed sighed mocked uttered
Now you try!
Choose a scene from your Middle Ages narrative and try adding dialogue between at least two of your characters.
Your final draft will require a minimum of four exchanges of dialogue by your characters.