Today is Monday and it’s time for “The Blog.” Today I want to share a little about talking in your writing, otherwise known as “Dialogue”. In fiction anything which isn’t narration and is in quotes is dialogue. Dialogue holds your reader’s attention, lets them get to know your characters better. If you went out on a date and there wasn’t conversation, do you think you would go out on a second date. I wouldn’t and I don’t suspect you would either. That conversation is vital in establishing a relationship. It is the same with fiction writing.
You can also do the opposite. What if you went out with someone who talked all the time. You couldn’t get a word in because the person wouldn’t shut up. Would you do a repeat of that performance? Fiction writing requires a happy medium. You want your dialogue balanced with your narration.
You can write about any given moment in a story by two methods: scene or summary. Summary is where the action is summarized, or otherwise told to the reader. Scene writing is where dialogue comes into play (excuse the pun). Your reader hears the conversation and can see what is happening in their minds eye. Using dialogue makes the writing stronger. It makes the writing seems more lifelike and dramatic.
Dialogue moments of real significance to your story. Examples
Dee and Andy walked to the kitchen, flipped the light on before going to the sink to do the dishes. Dee would do the washing, and Andy would dry the dishes.
“Hey Andy, are you going to help me with the dishes?”
“Sure I am, you cooked the dinner.”
Dee and Andy walked to the kitchen, laughing at the idea of Dee cooking. She flipped on the light switch, and they headed to the sink.
“I’ll wash and you can dry, Andy”
“Sure, not a problem.”
The dialogue added more to the scene of the story. It gave it some life, not just a flat sentence.
We just have to figure out when we want our characters to talk. When is going to provide the most impact.
Todays video is on Dialogue. See you Wednesday.