3 Ways to Write Interesting and Exciting Dialogue

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Dialogue. Ah. One of the tricky but powerful pieces of writing a story. When done well it could be the most powerful piece of a story. When not well done it can really ruin a great story. So today I’m going to share with you 3 quick tips on how to write good dialogue.

Tip #1: Unique Voices

When writing a conversation between people (especially several) you’re going to want to give each one their own voice. Sometimes this can be very hard, especially with flat characters that don’t stand out much. When they don’t have their own unique character and opinions, their dialogue can be very flat as well. So a good way to make each character have their own voice is to give them all their own personality. Then writing dialogue with them is usually much easier.

Another way to give your characters their own voice is to literally change the way they talk. Like give them an accent and spell the words differently.

Here is a sentence:

“Why don’t you all walk down to town with me, guys?”

This one is pretty flat and could be used for almost any character. Now look at this one:

“Why don’t ya’ll walk on down t’ town with me, folks?”

So much more interesting, lively, and unique! This can be a great way to really show who is talking.

Tip #2: Tension and Actions

Many times, dialogue scenes can get boring fast if you just have two guys talking to each other reclining in lounge chairs in a house. But if you give a better set up and more action, dialogue scenes can be changed very quickly from boring, to really gripping.

So, instead of just having one guy talk and then the other guy talk, you can give it much more liveliness by making them pause in their conversation and do something before continuing.

Here’s an example of an average conversation:

“I still don’t think we should do it,” Max mumbled. “What would we get out of it anyway?”

“Why, a whole lot of stuff!” Joe replied.

Here it is when you add a pause and give the characters something to do:

“I still don’t think we should do it,” Max mumbled as he stood up restlessly and walked over to the table. He picked up a book and thumbed through it thoughtfully. Setting it down once again, he turned to Joe. “What would we get out of it anyway?”

“Why, a whole lot of stuff!” Joe replied, standing up as well and walking over to Max with his arms outstretched.

First is kind of boring, right? While the second really shows Max’s concern and adds more tension as he walks over and thumbs through the book.

Tip #3: Talking While Moving

Another great way to add interest into dialogue is give the characters really something to do while they talk. Like maybe they’re sparring with swords, or hiding behind metal barrels with machine gun bullets flying past them, or even just taking a hike through the forest so that it isn’t just the dialogue people are reading, but two characters doing something, and having a chat at the same time. It makes it a whole lot more interesting, and realistic.

So, to sum it all up, three ways you can make your dialogue more interesting is give each character their own unique personality and voice, add tension and actions between characters talking, and give them something to do while they are having their conversation.

I hope this was helpful for you and hopefully you will be able to apply this to your own writing and be able to craft more interesting and exciting dialogue!

 

How did you like this first post of writing advice?  Was it helpful? Would you like more of this kind of thing?  Please tell me in the comments below! 😀

10 thoughts on “3 Ways to Write Interesting and Exciting Dialogue

  1. Wow that is helpful! I write fanfics in my free time, and the first two I do pretty well, but I never realized that the characters should be doing things while talking. Usually I have them stand there and talk, and then go into a battle, but it’d be a lot more interesting if they were trying to talk to each other DURING the battle!

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    1. Thank you, Naomi! I’m so glad that this post was helpful! 😀
      I didn’t know you wrote fanfic! That’s pretty awesome. I haven’t tried that genre (if that is a type of genre I’m not sure what to call fanfic lol) very much, but it sounds pretty cool. 🙂

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  2. Very helpful Caleb! I’m going to keep these tips in mind next time I’m writing dialog. In the examples you had I could clearly see the improvements! Thanks! I would love it if you could post more writing advice.

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    1. Yay! Thank you Ryan and I am SO glad it was helpful to you.
      Every other week I will be posting writing advice, and then the rest I will be posting what I have normally been posting. So, another writing advice post in two weeks! 😀

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  3. I love the talking while moving tip! Movement/motion can spice up any bland scene. Why have a life-altering conversation sitting on a couch when you can have it while you’re on the run or in battle?

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