Dialogue TipsA Lesson by NOSTALGIK
Tips on credible dialogue.
Many people have problems with dialogue. How would your protagonist speak, how would you're ex- convict, gone lunatic ramble about. I'm not saying it's easy, because it's definitely not, but it's also not very hard. Here's a few tips........
1. Listen to people.
In movies, in novels, in real life, just listen to how people speak, how they act, their mannerisms. If you go out, and just sit on a bench, you have the ability to listen to what anyone nearby is saying. Try it, it'll help.
2. What would you say?
Sometimes it's a grand idea to just pipe up, think about what you would say. Listen to your mind, and put yourself in your character's position, transitioning your mind into his or hers, even if they're felons or vandals. Not only will it help, but it's also a fun technique. Not tedious at all.
3. Just write, fix later.
If you think you're dialogue is a bit nonsensical, a bit sketchy, just leave it be. Later, when you're editing is the time to change anything.
Added on December 22, 2009
Last Updated on December 22, 2009
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