postheadericon The Art of Dialogue: Make a Story Talk for Itself

He said something, then I said something, then he said something and then it led to … nothing. That’s the exact dialogue when we talk to someone on the phone. When it comes to texting though, we turn into philosophers from all of the sudden with the thoughts as deep as the Mariana Trench. Why do people call anyway? The worse way of communication than that is only the voicemails.

Human conversation is one of the most important parts of any story. People are always interested in other people. They want to know about their lives, about their relationships and their thoughts. Have you ever had a question why some people are so excessively interested in the personal life of celebrities? Yes, it’s because they are way too noisy and can’t just mind their own business but also because it’s in human nature to compare themselves to others.

So a conversation, a dialogue is an absolutely inevitable part of human life, that’s why naturally it has got to be included in your story. What? You were hoping to write a narrative only about nature, or you might be thinking about filling your literal masterpiece with only internal monologue of the main character, or the hero of your story was supposed to be a severe introvert and a sociopath, so he wouldn’t have any human contact? Think twice, it’s all about a good dialogue, that can be written at

Learning from the Masters of Dialogues

Name me the author who you think is an absolute master of dialogues. Hold on, hold on, guys. One at a time! I know that there are many of them. The question is how to become one of those writers. The example which is given at every movie production or script writers classes is Quentin Tarantino. Will I include him into every of my articles? Three times yes! Until you watch all 8 of his movies because the guy is simply a genius.

Well, what’s so special about Tarantino’s dialogues in movies that they have become not only the distinguishing feature of him as a director but also an example of ingenious dialogues per se?

You might want to watch his interviews where he explains that matter, but, please, put on the speakers while you do that because you don’t want your mom to hear all of that bright and not-so-modest language. Oh, the same language you may find in most of Mr. Quentin’s dialogues, by the way. Don’t get me wrong, I am not telling you to use the curse words in order to make your writing more juicy and interesting, I’m just saying that you have to try and find a unique style so it would symbolize, represent you and only you as an author.

When Tarantino’s characters talk, they never talk about the actual subject of a movie. They only talk about food and other movies. Yep, that’s it! And this is fascinating and mesmerizing. A lot of the opinions of the heroes in the story are the actual thoughts of a scriptwriter himself.

Tarantino’s dialogues were even called the most boring of all by the critics. But the movie goers love them. And by the way, the man has an Oscar, so they all may shut their pie-holes.

An interesting dialogue about nothing. That’s quite a conception, actually. But in between the lines, it seems like you can feel the real relationships between the characters. Tension, love, distrust, respect, all ranges of emotions. Now that’s what you call a real dope dialogue.

So, We Should Start from a Head or from a Tail?

A friend of mine has decided to write a book. Yes, she just threw this information at me and expected some kind of excited reaction. She was probably inspired by the example of a lot of lady writers who now own apartments in Manhattan and mansions in Beverly Hills. What a motivation to start writing a book! Quite an approach, huh?

But it’s not the point here. She said to me that she was going to start with the gist of the story, a certain skeleton, and then she would coat it with details like descriptions of the places, people, dialogues.

Then it hit me. In biographies of so many authors, I have noticed a detail that they would start writing with a dialogue, actually. It could be a final conversation between a protagonist and antagonist that would put an end to all of this. It could be a dialogue like a perception hook at the beginning of the book. So stories do start with dialogues!

That’s something you would think about, right? The story that is revolving around dialogue has a more complexed construction but has so much more to offer for a reader in its core. That’s why language as a communication tool was invented in the first place.

Much more complicated way to impress the readers with your style of writing is including a character’s dialogue with himself into the narrative. The questions, the answers will have the same pattern but the trick is to make it look like two different people are discussing the same matter.

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