English 1, Lesson 40 – Writing Dialogue from Memory

Writing assignment: 500 words on this topic, “Which is most important in writing dialogue from memory: accuracy, succinctness, or liveliness? Why?”

Dialogue has always been a key element in books and movies. It is when a character in a book or film speaks as they would in real life. You can find dialogue in most pieces of writing, always accompanied by quotation marks like this “hi!”. Dialogue is used because it engages the reader’s or watcher’s attention, and removes the need for lengthy explanations from the narrator. When writing dialogue, there are multiple different styles to implement. But the most important factor in writing dialogue based off someone’s true words is accuracy because it needs to be errorless, descriptive, and authentic.

First, dialogue must be errorless so that you do not twist the words of the speaker. You don’t want to misquote them, or make them say something different than what they said. When you write dialogue based off true words from a real person, it should be as factual as possible.

Secondly, dialogue also needs to be descriptive so as to help the reader imagine the character you are portraying. Use the same speaking style that the actual person used. For example, in The Persecutor by Sergei Kourdakov, the director of the undercover police group, Nikiforov, was a short, balding, potbellied man, who spoke fast and often shouted for no particular reason. It is easy now to imagine this man because his dialogue enticed his character.

Finally, dialogue should be authentic to ensure that your own opinion does not get mixed in with what the character says. You want to make sure that the words your character says are his or her own. At the same time, their dialogue should be meaningful and add something to the story, and not become overwhelming. The story should not be: “Hello.” “Hi.” “How are you?” “Fine, thank you. How are you?” “Quite well.” that kind of dialogue does not add much to the story, and becomes too much conveying too little if you fill your book or film with just that.

In conclusion, accuracy is the most important factor when writing dialogue. It is the most effective way to get the characters personality, beliefs, and points across, as well as set the scene without needing to narrate too much. Dialogue that is errorless, descriptive, and authentic is accurate.


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