Monday, June 28, 2010

The Purpose of Dialogue

  •  Establish tone and mood
  •  * Provide exposition [construction, clarity] or back story
  • Reveal character and motivation
  • Create immediacy and intimacy (build reader empathy)
  • Move the plot forward and/or increase its pace
  • Create or add to existing conflict
  • Remind the reader of things they may have forgotten
  • Foreshadow
* Although it’s on the list above, be very careful when using dialogue to introduce exposition and back story. Always ask yourself: would I say this in a conversation? We usually don’t go on and on about the past, especially with friends who probably already know it. Back story and exposition should be hinted at and slowly drawn throughout the progression of a story.

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Regards,
Mac

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