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Dialogue

How to format dialogue
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Melanie Rainosek

on 6 May 2013

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Characters say the funniest things.. Dialogue How to format Dialogue Skyfall Dialogue Hunger Games Dialogue What will they say next? Creative Tags How to format quotations: All about punctuation! Punctuating Dialogue: The basics "Are you surprised?" he asked her.
"Not particularly, but then you always were a slippery one," she blandly replied.
Amused, he quipped, "Maybe that's why you liked me so much."
"You flatter yourself."
"Oh, no remorse." With a sigh, he continued, "Just as I had imagined."
"Regret is unprofessional."
Mockingly, he asked, "Regret is unprofessional?" Objective: You will be able to write dialogue between two or more people. Anything that a character says out loud should be surrounded by quotation marks.
Example: Ms. Rainosek whispered, "May the odds be ever in your favor."
Notice that the period is inside of the quotation marks!
Commas also go inside of the quotation marks. Commas either precede the tag line
The tag line is the part of the sentence which identifies the speaker.
Example: "You are driving me crazy," mumbled her sister.
OR they come before the quote, after the tag line
Example: He was trying to cheer her up when he said, "You look very nice today." Question Marks & Exclamation Points Question marks or exclamation points that are a part of the phrase being quoted should be inside the quotation marks.
Example: "I need a horse!" exclaimed Thor.
"What do tigers dream about when they take a little tiger snooze?" wondered Stu.
** Notice that the sentence keeps going after the quotation marks and it ends with a period.
Question marks or exclamation point that are not a part of the quote should be outside the quotation mark.
Example: Was it Martin Luther King who said, "I have a dream"? Formatting Quotations When switching from speaker to speaker, always begin a new paragraph when the speaker changes
If some of the sentence comes before the quotation, capitalize the first letter of the quotation.
Example:
"Harry, wait, I need to talk to you," said Luna.
"I'm a bit preoccupied at the moment, Luna," replied Harry as he walked away.
Luna followed him saying, "You won't find it where you're going; you're wasting your time."
"We'll talk later, ok?" snapped Harry.
"Harry!"
"Later!" he yelled.
Stopping, Luna exclaimed, "Harry Potter! You listen to me right now! Don't you remember what Cho said about Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem? There's not a person alive whose seen it. It's obvious isn't it? You have to talk to someone whose dead. " "Come on up!" beckoned Effie Trinket.
Silently, Prim wandered through the crowd looking dazed. Remembering her sister's advice, she tucked in her shirt as the other girls of District Twelve stared at her sadly.
As the guards took hold of Prim, Katniss yelled, "Prim! Prim!" and ran up to grab her. When the guards stopped her, she struggled against them and wailed "No! No! I volunteer!" Once she broke free, she blurted, "I volunteer as tribute."
Bewildered, Effie Trinket said, "I believe we have a volunteer!"** ** You will format your paragraphs like a normal paper. You need to indent 1/2 an inch at the beginning of every paragraph. Your turn! Option A 1)Waiter, what was in that glass?
2) Arsenic, sir.
1) Arsenic. I asked you to bring me absinthe.
2) I thought you said arsenic. I beg your
pardon, sir.
1) Do you realize what you’ve done,
you clumsy fool? I’m dying.
2) I am extremely sorry, sir.
** You can use either anger, sorrow,
or the waiter can pretend not to care.
Person 1: Customer (you may give him a name)
Person 2: Waiter
Option B 1) How can you see something
that isn't there?
2)Sometimes, it's much simpler than seeing
things that are. For instance, if something is
there, you can only see it with your eyes open,
but if it isn't there, you can see it just as well
with your eyes closed. That's why imaginary
things are often easier to see than real ones.
1)Then where is Reality?
2)Right here.
Person 1: Milo
Person 2: Alec
** Use gestures and descriptive words. Work in pairs. Do not work with other groups. You will have the opportunity to share your work later.
You have 5 minutes to write the dialogue.
Use the punctuation and formatting rules.
Use creative tags! Also add any gestures or movement you think would add to the meaning.
Be prepared to share your dialogue. 3-5 groups will act out their conversation.
You may write on both partner's papers or just one partner's papers. Make sure that both of your names are on the paper! ABSINTH MAKES THE HEART GROW WARMER THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
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