“What are you doing?”
“What are you writing?”
“Who’s in your story?”
“What are they talking about?”
So, the last couple of weeks in our writing class we have been talking about dialogue, POV, and character voice. In my mind, the most important part of dialogue is making it organic, authentic to the situation and personalities. But what about slang? What about regional dialects?
What about when the dialogue begins to go around in a big circle? Sure that’s real life, but it slows down the progression of the scene and the growth of the story. My instructor read my submission (a conversation between two characters using observations I’ve made of people’s interactions in real life) and asked how I felt about it. Honestly? I have no idea how I feel about it. I included descriptions of non-verbal, tried to portray their personalities in their words, and tried to exclude dialogue that doesn’t move the story along, but I don’t think I portrayed anything that painted a solid picture of their origins or dialects.
I’ve been looking for resources to practice and grow in my dialogue writing and thought I would share a few of the articles I read. If you have any resources or exercises you find particularly helpful I would love to hear about it!
Writing Dialogue (This is a book that I am in the process of purchasing. Have you read it?)