One of the greatest challenges for the writer is to create a dialogue that flows like a real conversation between two people. It is not easy to make the dialogue fluent, concrete and at the same time extremely authentic.
It’s probably impossible to write a good book
without the ability to write good dialogues between the characters.
To be fair, dialogue is one of the most important parts of the story. Through conversations, we get to know the characters’ personalities, their characteristic behaviors, the reasons to do what they do, etc.
That’s why I collected
9 fundamental rules
of writing authentic dialogues.
Let it flow
First of all write down what do you want to write and try to do it as fast as possible, so that your idea does not get lost. Then take care of improving what you already have.
Sidestep the obvious
Try to avoid conversations that lead to nothing. Do not repeat empty threads. Otherwise, instead of a conversation, you will create a so-called echo.
And remember that…
The dialogue should drive the story forward
Never create conversations that are irrelevant to the entire action that takes place in your story. Every word should be thought over and have some meaning. In this way you will attract the reader’s attention.
I suppose everyone has experienced an awkward silence (at least once). This is not a pleasant experience, and as you know, silence can be more meaningful than words. If you try this in your dialogue, you can create something more appealing to your reader. Remember to show a huge embarrassment.
Do not forget that people usually do something when they talk. Remember to include faster or slower breathing, for what and how they look, what they do in the meantime, etc. Body language is an important thing in dialogues. However, remember about the balance between dialogue and narration.
Also remember to…
Ground your dialogue in a scene
Dialogue must take place somewhere. Perhaps for some reason just in this place – not in another and for this specific reason. Include this to put the reader in the right mood before the conversation starts.
People don’t speak perfectly
The written language differs from the spoken language. People often fragment, repeat words, lose the thread. Try to use it and you will make your dialogue more authentic.
Without finishing this topic,
we go to the next point, which is…
The dialogue should characterize
Use different styles of dialogue. Consider the characteristic features in the conversation and use it to make your dialogue more realistic.
And the last one but no less important point
Use the dialogue tags appropriately
You know the dialogue tags – the most common is “he said” and “she said”.
Repeating the dialogue tags is monotonous and striking. Try to come up with something more original, and your dialogue will certainly benefit from it.
Try to use the above tips,
and you will create a dialogue that readers
won’t put the book aside
for a long long time!