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Two Exercises to help with Dialogue

A couple of interesting ideas! I’m definitely going to try them.

The Story Bodyguard


If you read scripts by other writers, you will often find the same flaws that industry readers find. One of the shortcomings is flat dialogue. Boring dialogue is one of a script’s elements that will stop a reader. He’ll put down the script, possibly never to pick it up again.

Two exercises of writing in character voice can help you get in contact with the speech rhythms and vocabulary of a character.

  • Write a monologue in character voice. This will help you learn a character’s insights, thoughts and feelings. Pick a situation. What are her hopes? His fears? What does she love? Hate? The character is speaking to himself; you must get “inside” the character to write in his or her voice.
  • Write a speech given by the character. Now the character is addressing other people. How are his speech patterns different from the monologue? What vocabulary is the…

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About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.


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