Dialogue, as we all know, is a great way to show your characters interacting on the page in a way that feels realistic. It’s also a great way to bring in conflict, show character and evoke emotion.
My best dialogue – well, monologue – is the one Meryl Streep’s character, Miranda, speaks in her first scene in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. We immediately know she is an impatient woman, a perfectionist, a control freak, and more. In less than 50 words or so.
My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Dialogue
1. Show up, speak out: Talk Show
In this post, I show how you can let your characters tell their story. It may help you show their emotions, their value systems, and even their contradictions. Flaws make us human. And we often betray ourselves through our speech – so make sure your characters come across as ‘real people’.
2. Cut for the right cloth: How To Shape And Structure Spoken Words
Keeping dialogue consistent with genre is important, which motivated me to write this post about creating right dialogue for the right genre. How to tighten it for better pacing or to heighten it for more drama, you have to pay more attention to dialogue than you may think!
3. Turn words inside out: 3 Ways To Use Inverted Dialogue In Your Story
I wrote this blog on using inverted dialogue in your story to show the power of repeating a line or two of dialogue – it’s a technique from screenwriting, but it works in books, plays, even poetry. Often our words come back to haunt us – and this post shows you how to use it in a story.
Why these are my personal favourites …
Most writers starting out don’t use enough dialogue in their story – and hopefully these posts will help you think of dialogue differently. Or, at least keep it top of mind when you sit down to write.
If you enjoyed this post, read:
- My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Plot
- My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Viewpoint
- My Top 3 Favourite Blogs On Character
- Never Get Stuck For A Plot Point Or Story Twist Again
- Give Light The Time Of Day In Your Story
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