Monday, 19 September 2011

Dialogue Help-Sheet

Dialogue is a conversation between two or more people.
It brings characters to life and adds interest.
Functions of Dialogue:
  • Provide information
  • Describe place/person
  • Create a sense of time
  • Create conflict/suspense
  • Move the story forward
  • Reveal a character’s thoughts
Quotation marks  “ ”
·        Start new line for different speaker.
·        Thoughts are not put in quotation marks.
·        Single quotation marks for quotes from someone/book.
            Quotation marks are outside all that is said
Take Note:
  • Be aware of local slang terms, accents, etc.
  • It must suit the story and the era the story is set in, (1) A teenager speaks differently from an older person, (2) A northerner speaks differently from a person living in the south.
  • Consistency: if you use Isn’t - Can’t, then continue to use it and do not change it to Is not- Can not
  • Must listen to how people talk
  • Don’t give too much information to your reader, let the story unfold.
  • Use profanity and slang sparingly.

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