Communication is the key to winning it all. Talking and writing about a person talking are two entirely different things or so I learnt lately. When you are in conversation in person, you tend to employ gestures, modulate pitching and tones to convey the message. Your whole body along with your mind transpires to get across the message in a perfect way. In spite of such rich transfer of information, there at times when such in person communications are interpreted in a wrong manner. Imagine the difficulty of having to write a conversation without having various rich information transferring tools at disposal.
When I started out writing the first chapter of the book I’m working on, I had to plan in detail before attempting to write a conversation. I picked up some pointers by going through writing material available on MIT eDX MOOC.
- Knowing the goal of the conversation is very important. Normally, a conversation would either narrate a backstory or some kind of an emotion, primarily attachment/detachment, or it would be used to convey some critical information.
- If the dialogue scripted doesn’t fit into the above mentioned categories, it is more often than not, a simple filler. Such fillers may be crucial at times or aren’t simply needed at all. You ought to either have a good judgement of the flow or a good editor who won’t hesitate to chop of unnecessary fillers.
- Using dialogue to repeat what the reader already knows from the narrative is a blunder. Instead, dialogues can be effectively used to build new elements or explain relationships, or develop complex emotions.
In a attempt to understand dialogue writing a bit, my friend recommended that I go through scripts of movies, especially that of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. I read a part of the script before watching the movie. The movie was a tad too violent for my taste. One that apparent was the script writer had obviously done his job extremely well. The actors were mere puppets to the screenplay. Black comedy is not a genre suitable for all!
What are your thoughts on dialogue writing!