Here is a quick 2 minute lesson on realistic dialogue. I’d love to see your answers to the questions in the exercise section!
There are at least two majorly important elements to realistic and believable dialogue.
- Dialogue must move the plot along and be there for a reason. No “shooting the breeze” just because you need to boost your word count.
- Dialogue must sound natural. It must be structured in the way your character would actually speak it out loud. (Would they use contractions or not? Would they use proper English or not? Would they be respectful of certain people groups or not?)
How would each character express this idea: “Wow, that really surprised me, I wasn’t expecting that!”
How would a 90 year old man say it?
How would a 5 year old say it?
How would a teacher say it?
How would a gang member say it?
How would a teenager say it?
How would a queen say it?