Simple Dialogue

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Crafting Dialogue is hard to master. First you must write good dialogue and write it at the right time. It isn’t an easy feat. Sometimes you have to much and will end up with broken paragraphs in your first draft and sometimes you have too little and it makes your characters seem one dimensional, less likely to have any good reviews on goodreads and literally no fan fiction written in said characters’ voice.

It’s tough, but you need to add dimension to your character without making him/her seem hair-brained (and be voted “most likely to burst out with sporadic sentences that no one wants to hear.”)

I am not the best when it comes to things of this nature. My characters’ humor takes a mind of it’s own and I forget that I have a story to follow, and dig myself into a hole, trying to figure out which sentences should stay (the ones that move the story line along) and which sentences I need to chunk (the ones that have no direction and just float the story along without any purpose.)

I think every writer has this problem and think it isn’t a problem (“it’s funny, she is funny!) but it is a problem. Writing needs to be flawless to be in print. It has to be a completely unique work of art that fits into the tiny box we call grammatical ingenious, not to be confused with the grammatical mash-up box (which we will go through in another post.) Writing also needs to have life, life in your writing (partly) comes from your characters. You have to make them as unique as your plot. In order to do such, you must create believable characters.

Characters are just a bookridden form of a human. They come from you (your imagination… it was not intended to sound creepy.) They are apart of you (your writing) and they are created for one purpose, to give your story backbone.

Some people think that the backbone of a novel is the plot, I disagree. Without a good solid leading man/woman your story is hopeless. Whether they are meant to be mean vicious people who your reader is bound to hate, or a fun loving character with a sense of humor, your characters make your book. Because without them, your book would be floundering without any sense of definition. Your character makes the book. Think about it, your character will move the story along, give depth to your otherwise flat plot. The basis for a good character is essential to all writing and your character shows his/her feelings through words. His/Her words.

-Jordan

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5 thoughts on “Simple Dialogue

  1. I love dialogue. It’s so much fun to write. In fact, I love it so much that I have more dialogue than almost anything else. *sigh* I know I’ll have to edit a lot of it out (and add more description) when I edit, but while I’m doing first drafts, I add in as much dialogue as I feel like having.

    • Me too. I put way to much dialogue in my first drafts. My characters are just starting to get to know each other, plus my characters are just like me, they LOVE to chat. Hehe

      -Jordan

      • Hehe, yeah. I can’t write quiet characters very well. I have very different things with different characters… like two are always bantering and teasing each other back and forth, but another two are always arguing and such. But there’s always lots of dialogue. Hehe… 😀

  2. Thank you for thinking that the plot is not the backbone of a story. I feel as though a lot of writers spend too much time worrying about this! While I agree with you about the characters and their dialogue being main players I think that that truly stems from the writers voice. Maybe not the backbone but definitely the soul.

    Great post!

    • The plot is definitely at the top of my “be perfected” list. I just think feel people focus more on the plot that the person moving the plot. 🙂

      thanks for the complement. 😉 -Jordan

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