Giving a character a unique voice creates a vivid mental image of a person because speech is a form of characterization. Word choice, grammar, cursing and even silence, it all says something about the sort of person. Note: this goes for major characters only. It is not necessary to give a distinct voice to background characters or minor characters with only one or two speaking lines.
Knowing what to cut Is the dialogue pulling its weight or drowning the story? Each scene should bring something to the table. It should bring the characters closer or further from their goals. To ensure[…]
The basics first: “He/she said” is the basic modifier. Dialogue tells us what is said, attribution tags tell us who said it and modifiers tell us how it was said. These are the aspects we deal with here, adverbs (he said happily) are a matter for concern in a different article.
Characterization of character gives him fullness, substance and individuality.
the secrets to conveying emotion in a natural way in literature
Narration sketches the portrait of your character and his development. Dialogue humanizes and personifies the character. Characterization through dialogue gives him fullness, substance and individuality.
Sources of Comedy. Comedy writing is a never ending process of hit and miss. Real laughter is an involuntary action. Even when we shouldn’t, we can’t help ourselves. Comedy is full of contradictions. One of the roles as you write comedy, is to deflate human pomposity. Sources
People cannot help but comment on what they see as they judge their surroundings. This reveals the setting of the story. Gosh this room is so messy, I don’t understand how you can find anything[…]
Proper Dialogue Format. How to use Quotation marks. Proper Punctuation. When to place Speech-attribution tags. How to write Dis-fluent speech & examples. How to write Interjections & cheat sheet.
The top 4 uses of dialogue. Characterization: Bring your characters to life and make the story emotionally appealing. Moving the plot forward. Building conflict through tension.
When two or more characters are engaged in conversation, you have a dialogue. Writing realistic dialogue is the sleight of hand magic of storytelling. Factual information wrapped in a false sense of reality, with one demand that cannot be ignored: it must move the story.
we won’t really know him, unless you let us inside.
You show the inner world of your character by telling the reader his thoughts, emotions, attitudes, fears, longings, neuroses, drives and compulsions. There are two kinds of thought your character has: (1) thoughts about events that have occurred and (2) peripheral thoughts.
As a writer you have seven tools in your tool belt that you can use to tell your story. Action, dialogue, interior monologue, interior emotion, description, flashbacks and narrative summary. Learn the differences, how and when to use it and don’t forget to vary, to avoid wearing your reader out.
Writing dialogue can be a little bit scary. It’s quite normal to be nervous about it, or even a little fearful. Every writer has his own style and voice (eventually) and nothing shows that more than writing dialogue. It is through speaking that we get to know other people best. It shows us what kind of person they are and it shows them what kind of person we are. The tricky bit is, as writers, we are all kinds of different people, depending on which character we are voicing.