When do you stop writing fiction?
Compose a dialogue
You probably often hear dialogues in your favorite series or read them in an exciting fantasy novel. Sure, in one dialog two or more people always speak to each other. Otherwise it would also be a monologue (a person speaks to himself, loudly, e.g. on the stage).
But how does it actually work to write a dialogue yourself? Here are a few tips.
The special thing about a dialogue is that it does without a narrator. So you write directly what your characters are saying. This also means that nobody comments on this, but the reader has to think for himself what the message or key message is here.
So in a dialogue there is only that acting characters and your language. So you get information about the speakers from what they say, but sometimes also from what they don't say, but also mostly from how they say something. Of course, you don't have to do this when reading and you have to think about it.
What do dialogues inform about?
Dialogues inform about ...
- the personal aims of the figures,
I want to go to my mother's on the weekend. I only see her on weekends because my parents are separated and I live with my father.
- your Relationships to other figures,
You know I like you Anna But you can't always take my phone away from me!
their character and
I don't think we should bully Mandy, she's chubby, but that's really no reason.
- your Behaviors.
I'll pick you up later if you like. Promised is promised.
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Conversational behavior in dialogue
When you are writing a dialogue, it is also important to think about the context in which it takes place. Because depending on the topic or the mood of the speakers, the conversation can go one way or the other.
These four Factors can influence the conversation:
- situationin which the conversation takes place
- theme of the conversation
(School trip, going to the cinema, lovesickness)
- Mood of the participants
(sad, happy, factual)
- behavior of the participants
(euphoric, dogged, relaxed)
Speeches in dialogue
There are a wide variety of means of speech that can be used to effectively express thoughts and feelings. Basically, in dialogues it is almost impossible to say exactly which sentence will lead to which answer. But still, here are a few things to say.
these are five most important Means of speech:
- Comparison: You create something in common between two different things:
I feel like a maggot in bacon.
- Metaphor: You do not formulate something literally, but figuratively, in a figurative sense:
I've got bumblebees up my butt.
- Irony: You say the opposite of what you mean:
Great, now you've fallen in love with Melli too.
- Rhetorical question: You formulate a question to which you do not expect an answer at all:
Do you really want to go to bed at midnight before the math exam?
- Teenage slang: You use formulations from colloquial language or from youth language to clarify something:
I think Jannis is cool, he's always completely chilled.
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