Every good writer knows that dialogue is one of the key elements of any book. If it’s not conducted properly, dialogue can make the writing seem immature or unrealistic. It can even stop the story dead in its tracks. Good dialogue, on the other hand, draws the reader into the world the author has created. It serves to move the story along, provides valuable information to the reader, and brings the characters to life. However, even the best writers can have difficulty with this component of storytelling. To create the most effective dialogue, consider these important tips:
- Pay attention to the way people talk. This can help you pick up on natural speech patterns and the expressions people use on a regular basis. It will also give you an idea of the flow and rhythm speech follows.
- Refrain from making dialogue too consistent with reality. In real life, people use filler words such as like, uh, and um. These should be omitted in writing. In addition, you should only turn portions of conversation that are important to the story or characters into dialogue. Anything else can be summarized or cut.
- Carefully consider the words and phrases that apply to each character. Make sure the dialogue "goes with" each role. For example, if a character is a swarthy pirate, he wouldn't use perfect grammar - his "speech" needs to be more rough and less cultured. Dialogue can provide a each way to identify who is speaking within a passage.
- Don’t provide too much information at once. Amateur writers have the tendency to force-feed information through dialogue. Characters should only say something that would come naturally to them. Important details should be spread throughout the story to pick up through a natural progression.
- Stick with simple dialogue tags. “Said” is the most basic of these and in most cases it is all that is needed to identify the speaker. Some writers get too caught up trying to find synonyms for the word to add variety. Readers should be blind to tags as they read and using too many different words can pull them out of the dialogue.
Following these tips will help make your characters and your dialogue come to life. Once you have perfected your dialogue and your manuscript is finished, all that’s left to do is contacting the book printer. CMYK Graphix has a professional book printing team that will help you customize and self-publish your manuscript into a completed and marketable book. They offer fast and easy book printing quotes online at www.cmykgraphix.com and do custom quotes by request. For more information, contact them at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.