5 WAYS TO WRITE REAL-SPEAK DIALOGUE THAT IS MULTI-FUNCTIONAL:
1. Use dialogue to show the relationships between characters.
Are they close? Make sure they share information that they’d tell no one else, or they gossip about other people. Don’t forget to have them use affectionate nicknames that show a history.
2. Avoid routine exchanges in real life conversation in exchange for the most interesting thing.
We all know the boring conversations we have throughout the day. Writing fiction means you get to avoid those mundane conversations and replace them with the most interesting things. Whenever you have your characters talk about their day stop yourself to make sure that there’s a larger point being made.
3. Go no longer than 3 sentences without an interjection.
There’s nothing that sounds like dialogue more than 200 words of monologue. The reader can sense that a mile away. Cue the moment the writer wants to say something important: a long-winded monologue. Dialogue should be no longer than 3 sentences without something or someone cutting them off.
4. Make sure your character sounds like themselves and not you.
First time writers have a habit of making all the characters sound like themselves. Avoid this by making sure they sound like who you created, not the voice in your head.
5. Add in run on sentences and clipped words.
Dialogue ends up being a bit more formal than we speak in real life. However, don’t forget to add run on sentences and clip words so the reader feels like these are real people having real conversations.
Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing dialogue? (I know there’s many!)