About Dialogue

About Dialogue

A Lesson by Harley Sapphire

Looking at different aspects for dialogue.


What I've learnt about dialogue in no particular order:

1. Alfred Hitchcock said that a good story is "life, with the dull parts taken out." This rings especially true for dialogue. The trick is to make it read like actual conversation, but you don't want all the ins and outs. All the pauses and umms.

2. Read a diverse range of books. Take note of how the dialogue is formed and how it flows.

3. Practice! Of course this is the obvious one. Practice, practice, practice.

4. Punctuate correctly. This is important so that it reads easily.

5. Say one thing. Mean another.


Share your favorite piece of dialogue, that either you or someone else has written, down below. Comment on how you think the author achieved such good dialogue.

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Harley Sapphire
Harley Sapphire

Seattle, WA

Writing has always been a part of my life. I am constantly writing stories, in my journal, blogging - anything to try and express my opinions and emotions as well as ask questions. My name is Harl..