Alternate dialogue with action, description, and exposition. Unless, of course, it is badly written. It is words with meaning. Avoid talking-head syndrome.
Dialogue rule 2: Watch those beats Oftener than not, great story moments hinge on character exchanges,that have dialogue at their heart. Knowing that it can be done is a first step. This is the reader as co-writer — and that means super-engaged.
But if the dialogue is good or great, if it does its job, then the story has a chance to be great, to be read and remembered fondly. Maybe not. Life is too short to read a badly written book, so after only two chapters, the book found itself in the box destined for Goodwill. But dialogue does have responsibilities. By learning how to do this, one is truly becoming a master storyteller.
Two people in opposition keep the conflict tight between them. Do you feel that emotional movement there all the time?
The use of a speech tag can be eliminated altogether when a sentence is used identifying the actions of the speaker and leading up to their comment. Without it, there is no story. Know the rules and learn how to break them to create unforgettable dialogue. A simple revelation dropped at a dinner party can lead to murder. Characters should not be the same after a scene of dialogue.
Some sentences can start off with a speech tag while still others can break in the middle with a speech tag.
Nothing to excess. Even an evangelist preaching to the choir hears Amen and Tell it, brother. Every line of dialogue alters the emotional landscape in some way. I seriously doubt if you could.
Some people tend to always use them at the end of sentences repetitively. Dialogue rule 2: Watch those beats Oftener than not, great story moments hinge on character exchanges,that have dialogue at their heart. I stand by my conviction that it is impossible to be a truly good writer unless you read. This is the reader as co-writer — and that means super-engaged. For inspiration, check out the EavesDropCafe on Twitter. Use quotation marks One of the absolute dialogue writing rules is using quotation marks.
How will Clarice react? Without it, there is no story. It makes you sound like an airhead. Too much of any element in fiction is simply too much. Shy introverts and obnoxious extroverts. Use dialogue to miscommunicate.