We will discuss the nine rules of writing good dialogue using examples of text and short written exercises including the following:
Dialogue Must Be In Conflict
The two characters should have conflicting goals – one of them wants one thing, the other something else. The underlying tension will be all you need to keep the readers turning those pages.
Dialogue Should Drive the Story Forward
Conversations in the real world often have little or no point to them, with the circumstances of the people involved remaining unchanged at the end.
Fictional dialogue should advance the plot in some way.
Dialogue Should Characterise
Another way of giving dialogue a purpose is adding to the readers’ understanding of a character’s personality.
Dialogue Should Provide Information
Dialogue is one of the best methods there is for getting information across in a bite-sized way. If done well enough, the readers won’t even know what is happening!