Dialogue Research

•October 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I have been researching how to write dialogue and also the best way to use it. In my past half – finished novels I am starting to believe that I have used too much of it. I have read many blogs and articles by screenwriters such as John August and various authors led me to believe this.

First off what is dialogue? To sum it up, it is a tool used to set up a scene or mood, reveal information about characters and advance the plot.

There was a quote I read that really stuck out.

“Dialogue is life with the dull parts taken out,” Alfred Hitchcock.

Wow, when I really sit back and think of my past dialogue, it is too lengthy with much irrelevant information included. I found out today this not needed.

Below are a list of things to consider when writing dialogue that I have gathered thru my recent research:

  • Purchase “Reading Like a Writer” by Fraces Prose
  • Listen, Listen, Listen! Listen to real peoples conversations to see interaction
  • Practice by writing a conflict between characters complete with feeling and reactions (Timothy Sexton, Associated Content)
  • Ask a few people an opinionated question and write down their responses include their mannerisms, expressions and tone of their voice. (Timothy Sexton, Associated Content)
  • Check out at this site as well http://www.absolutewrite.com/novels/cheatham02-23-05.htm

I will be working on my dialogue especially this week.

My game plan is to learn as much as possible before NaNoWriMo starts to give me as much as foundataion as possible.

Also I am thinking of changing my loosely based love story into a new creation using my and other real life experiences. That is what is essentially done anyway in fiction. The situations have to come from somewhere. I read somewhere that just becaus e something is true or “really happened” doesn’t make it interesting or story worthy.



•October 5, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I signed up for it. Yup! National Novel Writing Month! I am going to write a novel during the month of November.

I have two options thus far, a love story based very loosely off of my relationships and experiences and then a novel about  a young girl who gets what she wants at all costs. I haven’t made a final decision obviously but in the meantime I will do all the prep work on both stories and then make a “Game Day” Decision.

Currently I am working on the characters for the stories. I am really trying to get to know the characters and figure out genuine action and reactions!

This is going to be hard and exhausting but I am going to do this. I read this quote, “All successful men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work everyday toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose” ~Brian Tracy

After reading that it was like a light went off and I decided that I have to work EVERY day to my goal. Whether my goal is to be virtuous, and great mother or wife, or even a successful writer. You can always be better and I am striving to be better and more focused each and everyday.

So NaNoWriMo here I come!  I will do this. One thing at a time to better myself and you have given me my first challenge!