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Dialogue/Monologue in Narrative Writing

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Dialogue/Monologue in Narrative Writing
the conversation between characters in a novel, story, play, etc.
occurs between two or more people
essential to fiction writing
brings characters to life and adds interest
must do more than just duplicate real speech
a long speech given by a character in a story, movie, play, etc., or by a performer (such as a comedian).

Why use dialogue/monologue?
Provide information
describe a place or character
create a sense of time
create suspense or conflict
move the story forward
reveal a character's thoughts
summarize what has happened
create a sense of place
How to write dialogue/monologue...
1) Begin a new paragraph each time a new character speaks or reacts to the other speaker.
2) Show how characters react or feel by describing their physical movements or their voice quality.
3) Use appropriate language, dialect, slang, etc.
4) Quotation marks go around the actual words that the character is speaking.
5) Place ending periods and commas inside the quotation marks.
6) Capitalize the first word of the dialogue, even if it occurs in the middle of a larger sentence.
Dialogue Examples
Andy paused, gazing at the blue sky," You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific?"

"No," Red replied, sweat beading from his forehead as he continued tarring the roof.

"They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory." Andy put down his shovel, careless of the approaching guard.
Dialogue Practice
1) Watch the following video clip and map the plot of the sequence.
2) Once you have your plot mapped, create a short dialogue reflecting the plot, emotion, etc., of the sequence.
Quick Write
Watch the following sequence. Using the five steps of plot mapping (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) describe what story you see reflected in the actions of the three shapes.
Find a photograph (this means real people, places and things) in a magazine, online, a newspaper, etc. Cut it out, glue it to a piece of paper, and write a short narrative scene about what is happening in the picture. Be sure to include dialogue and sensory details.
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