Dialogue in Writing


Dialogue is quite important for fiction writers for many reasons. I will give you an example why. I could go on and on for a lengthy paragraph with full sentences about how dialogue breaks up writing, about how it tells us about our characters, and about how it moves the story forward. If Plot were a character, it would dress in a cape and disguise itself under Dialogue. It would force corner turns and throw gossip at the Reader about each character that the third person narrator didn’t know.

“Hey Dialogue, what’s happening?” Plot inquired, snapping his knuckles and tapping his toe against the rings of the binder.

“Hey Plot. Nothing much, just been checking out this Narrator reading this story.” Dialogue leaned against the lined foolscap paper with its arms folded.

“Oh yeah? Narrator telling you much?” Plot turned the corner of that foolscap paper, peeking underneath to the next page.

“Not really. Can’t take it in with all those full sentences. What a load. I’m bored to almost tears. That’s why I think I’ll infiltrate. Help Reader understand the story. Understand You.” Dialogue said.

“What you gonna do?” Plot asked Dialogue.

“Might introduce Reader over there, to a little bit of perspective about Narrator.” Dialogue replied.

“Won’t that cause conflict?” Plot asked?

“Exactly.” Dialogue threw Plot over its shoulders and tramped the foolscap paper with two large black boots, turning a new page over.

“Hey Reader, did you know that Narrator has been hiding the truth about Character from you until now?” Dialogue said, looking over at Plot with a grin.

“I had no idea,” said Reader.

“I had no idea,” said Narrator.

“Mission accomplished,” said Dialogue. Plot grinned back at Dialogue, then they jumped to the next foolscap page with those big black boots landing hard and the cape swishing calmly behind them, like some kind of fictional super hero story duo.

I think I’ll just leave it there for this discussion piece…I think you get the point by now.

“Or will they?” Said Plot and Dialogue.

“Shut up.” Said Tracie.