Camali’s Writing Tips – Dialogue, Part. 3
edited: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
By Elizebeth Camali
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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012
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Simple fictional writing tips for all fictional writers! What not to do when writing dialogue!
Writing dialogue can be challenging to new and veteran writers alike. However, if you are new to writing there are a few simple things to keep in mind when constructing dialogue for your short story or novel. Here are some things to keep in mind:
What Not to Do When Writing Dialogue Tip #1: Don’t let dialogue dominate your scene.
Some writers will allow dialogue to dominate the entire scene with their characters. This is a big no-no. While dialogue is a form of action, it can’t be the only factor in scene creation. Here’s a bad example.
“Don’t come any closer, Tony!” Mary yelled.
“Why shouldn’t I?” Tony mocked.
“I said don’t come closer!” Mary repeated.
“Oh?” Tony questioned.
How many times have you read something like this? Doesn’t it seem a little dry? Add something to your conversational exchanges. Such things like physical movement, emotions, objects, etc. can be added to a dialogue exchange to spice it up.
“Don’t come any closer, Tony!” Mary held up her rusted knife. She glared at him as he ignored her order.
“Why shouldn’t I?” Tony mocked. He was deeply amused by her defensive display. He took a step closer.
“I said don’t come closer!” Mary repeated, pulling the knife closer to her. She stepped back.
“Oh?” Tony ignored her. He reached for her knife.
What Not To Do When Writing Dialogue Tip #2: Don’t use characters to preach your agenda.
Every writer has something to say – one could even say that is the main reason for writing – however, don’t make your characters peach your opinions. Unlike facts, when a character states an opinion that in actuality is the author’s own views, it can come across as misplaced or odd. Especially when such a belief is contrary to your character’s personality, beliefs, and actions.
More ‘What Not To Do When Writing Dialogue Tips’ in an upcoming post!