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Dialogue

 

138 Dialogue Ideas for Fiction Writers

138 very clever ideas to make writing dialogue easier and more effective and bring your characters to life.

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Create dialogue that really drives your story along. Your characters will have distinct voices that show their true personalities, without being clichéd or unrealistic. This will make your story vivid and compelling and leave your readers hungry for your next creation.

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In today's ultra-competitive writing and publishing market, you need every advantage you can get. That's where our inspiring collection of writing ideas can help you.

Each of the 35 books in the ideas4writers collection is packed with versatile ideas, expert tips, and easy-to-implement practical advice.

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The DIALOGUE collection includes:

  • How to make your dialogue more realistic, active and dynamic
  • How to give your characters distinctive and unique voices – and why each character can have several different voices
  • The secrets of non-verbal communication
  • How to write a story when you don't know what your characters will say
  • Expert eavesdropping and observation secrets revealed
  • The secrets of layered dialogue
  • And lots more

Excerpt: Active and realistic dialogue

You can make long sections of dialogue more lively by giving the characters involved something to do while they speak. They might touch each other by way of reassurance, make gestures, or be involved in some activity such as eating a meal, drinking in a bar, shopping, playing a game, or investigating a crime scene. It's worth taking some time to study people as they talk in real life. They don't just say the words, they do other things at the same time. They might be heavily involved in the conversation yet remain fully aware of everything else that's going on around them. Or they might be so engrossed that they pay no attention to anything else. Or they might be watching something happening across the street and hardly hear a word of what's being said.

It's useful to act out your characters' parts as they say the words. Put yourself in their place and say the words out loud. Make a note of exactly what you do. Is your voice trembling with anger or fear? Are you stroking the cat or a lover's hair? Are you waving your hands around wildly? Or are they thrust deep into your pockets while you gesture with your head, shoulders and eyes.

It's a good idea to have someone else play one of the other characters, rather than playing all of them yourself. That way your reactions and movements will be much more natural.

You could write all the dialogue in your story this way. Decide what sort of thing needs to be said, but don't write any of the actual words. Then act it out with some friends, making up the dialogue as you go and improvising, just as you would in real life. You'll need to record it of course, and it'll probably need some editing afterwards. But this is a very fast way of writing realistic dialogue.

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