Learning how to write dialogue in a story is crucial.
Writing gripping conversations that include conflict and disagreement and further your story will make readers want to read on.
Her dialogue and behaviour is consistent with Estella’s backstory. ” “No.” She fired when she asked the last question, and she slapped my face with such force as she had, when I answered it. ” “I shall not tell you.”Conflict and disagreement might not be anything so dramatic as a physical altercation mid-dialogue.
Her legal guardian, Miss Havisham, once jilted by a lover, has turned the young Estella against boys and sentimentality:“Well? ” I answered, almost falling over her and checking myself. ” “Yes; I think you are very pretty.” “Am I insulting? It could be something as small as two traveling characters arguing over a map in the middle of a maze-like city.
This is particularly important in genres such as crime and mystery, where characters gaining information from others forms a big part of the narrative.
This leads into ) underlying characters’ conversations.
For example:“I think someone might be in the house,” she said softly.
Here, you could use the stronger tag ‘she whispered’ to convey volume and eliminate the unnecessary adverb.
If, for example, a spouse suspects their partner of cheating, this underlying mistrust could be the subtext for an unrelated conversation about dinner plans with their friends. Next they’ll be inviting you to a menage a trois.”She didn’t understand why he brought every conversation to sex lately. And why did he always state the obvious about her every mood and gesture?
The explains the turn the conversation takes:“The Watsons have invited us for dinner this Saturday.” She beamed.“What, again? Here, the subtext of suspicion and mistrust makes the dialogue interesting.