DEVELOPING A GOOD EAR TO WRITE

DEVELOPING A GOOD EAR TO WRITE



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Dialogue is the bearer of information, plot and 

characterisation.



It performs a number of vital functions for the fiction


1- delineates character

2- moves the story forward

3- creates conflict, tension and suspense

4- explains what happened in the past

5- conveys emotion

6-  conveys the thoughts of the characters


Perhaps most importantly of all, dialogue between your characters

brings them to life in a way that no other writing

technique can.

Hearing them speak

Until a character speaks, all their thoughts and emotions are

portrayed through someone else’s eyes, i.e. the narrator’s.

The things a character says and the way  they say them gives a

much clearer insight into their character and allows the

reader to make up their own mind as to what sort of

person they might be.



Realistic dialogue gives immediate characterisation in a way

that narrative simply cannot do. As a quick test, read through

the following phrases and see who you think is speaking:

1. ‘For goodness’ sake get your hair out of your eyes and

stand up straight when I’m talking to you.’

2. ‘I can spare you five minutes but keep it brief.’

3. ‘Hold my hand while we cross the road.’


4. ‘Good morning, how may I help you?’

Not only dowe have an instant idea of the person 

speaking but we can also make an educated guess about 

their appearance

and their expression.For no. 1, for example, the image is 

immediately of someone

in authority, a parent or teacher, and their expression is 

stern, their demeanour impatient.

By contrast, example no. 4 is probably smiling and is 

making an effort to be polite and friendly.He or she is almost 

certainly dressed smartly in order to make a good 

impression on a potential customer

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