The Do’s and Don’ts of a Dialogue

Image result for The Dos and Don’ts of a DialogueEffective dialogue is an important part of both creative fiction and nonfiction writing. A good dialogue not only moves the story forward but also reveals important character information. Here are some of the dos and don’ts of a good dialogue.

Dos of a Dialogue

  1. A dialogue should be broken with actions. When people talk, they don’t normally stop everything. They keep driving, cleaning up dishes and fidgeting, etc. Your characters shouldn’t be static.
  2. Dialogue should follow all grammatical rules. Every time a new person is talking, a new paragraph should be started. A dialogue is enclosed within quotation marks. And each new line of dialogue should be indented.
  3. A dialogue should be brief. Wordy and long passages may be irritating for the reader.

And here are a few don’ts of a dialogue:

  1. Do not use many dialogue tags. Usually, some well-placed “she replieds” or“he saids” will do the trick. If a dialogue is wonderfully written, the person who is speaking is known, even without tags
  2. Do not use many dialogues in your scene. The reader need not know every word your character says.
  3. Do not be too realistic in your dialogue. Actual speech can’t make a great dialogue. A good dialogue should not mimic real speech, rather, approximates it.





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