Last week I discussed writing more exciting dialogue. I’d like to continue discussing dialogue. Specifically, I’d like to review some of the uses of dialogue. As I mentioned in my last post, we generally take dialogue for granted. Most likely, it’s due to the fact that we use dialogue on a daily basis. It is, after all, the chief way we communicate. But, in creating stories, dialogue has many valuable uses beyond just the day-to-day casual function we are all accustomed to in our communications.
As I mentioned, dialogue has many functions in writing fiction. I have come up with five different functions (you may think of more):
“Don’t you ‘hey’ me you son of a bitch. Martha told me everything.”
“The late night meetings. The lunch time trysts in the local motel.”
“Wait, Jack, it’s not like that.”
“Having an affair with my wife is not like what?”
This sounds interesting. You likely want to hear more and learn why Ralph and Martha are having the affair.
“I am Death.”
“Are you coming for me?”
“I’ve already waked by your side for quite some time.”
“Are you ready?”
“My body is ready, but I’m not.”
This certainly sounds intriguing and if you don’t mind subtitles you’d probably continue watching until the closing credits.