What is Dialogue?A Lesson by compositionc
di·a·logue[dahy-uh-lawg, -log] noun, verb -logued, -logu·ing.
conversation between two or more persons.
the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
This is the dictionary's definition of dialogue. This course will be focusing on defintion number two. Even more so, in a novel. I actually have had to point out these errors. It makes me sad to know people have never read a book and learned from it. Like, you can call me a hypocrite, but I'm just going to point out your Grammar errors and barely scratch the surface of dialogue content. I don't care what you say, as long as it's properly said.
Let's look at some very common errors.
"how are u"
I know this is crappy, but I have seen this before. *shudders* What are the errors in this sentence?
1. The H in how must be capitalized.
2. U? Seriously? Try spelling it out as 'you'.
3. No question mark. Put on in now.
"How are you?"
"I can't believe this." I said.
The author of this sentence is going to be unnamed. What are the errors in this sentence?
1. The end punctuation is incorrect. This is my pet peeve. I HATE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS.
"I can't believe this," I said.
This is the most common error ever. I will go very much in depth with this error, and explain why you put a comma instead of the period.
"I need slippers a blanket and some water now." She said.
The author of this sentence has corrected it, but this is a good example.
1. Comma hater. When you make a list of three or more items, you put a comma in between each item. The proper phrase would be 'slippers, a blanket, and some water now'
2. No period, you put the comma.
3. The s in 'she' does not need to be capitalized.
*I need slippers, a blanket, and some water now," she said.
These are some of the errors I will hopefully cover in this course, and I hope you pay attention. :D
Added on July 10, 2011
Last Updated on July 10, 2011