On Writing Dialogue…

It’s not my favorite thing to do. Firstly, I’m not used to it – not much dialogue in poetry. Secondly, it moves along so fast. The story. The mind. Wondering what next instead of savoring. Writing dialogue tends to get away from me. Ahead of me. And then I have to stop to see if it’s making sense. The conversation. Making dialogue read/sound realistic is also difficult. And each character a difference in speech patterns. All of this is challenging but necessary. Although there won’t be much dialogue in Flirting With The Moon, there will be some – a way, I suppose, for readers to get to know story characters other than the storyteller.

There is a wonderful CD with George Winston playing the piano and Merryl Streep telling the story ‘The Velveteen Rabbit”. It’s amazing how she hears the dialogue and then reads it aloud and how the characters sound so different. So part of it is also in the reader’s imagination. Which again falls back to the writer to spark.

Ellespeth

2 thoughts on “On Writing Dialogue…

  1. “Writing dialogue tends to get away from me. Ahead of me. And then I have to stop to see if it’s making sense.”

    when i was in my early teen years, i loved writing dialogues cause they seem so easy and natural. It’s like I just let my characters say what I want them to say.. or make them say what I would say if I was in there situation.

    when i took formal writing classes in college, i realized dialogues play such a crucial role in fiction. You’re right. There are so many things to consider like who says what to whom and when it must be said and how it must be said and why it must be said. Dialogues should help in character development and in moving the plot. It’s really a daunting task to work with effective dialogues. It challenges me. It makes me love it more. ❤

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