Some of the uses of Dialogue

  • To reveal characterisation--speech should be an extension of the characterisation.

  • To show the emotions of a character--what's motivating them or their speech.

  • To indicate thoughts--speaking aloud or sharing thoughts with another character helps consolidate the characterisation.

  • To convey information--it's a very effective technique that can often replace lengthy descriptions about characters and/or relevant incidents

  • To inform the reader about time and place and to re-orient the reader following flashback technique, time lapses, etc.

  • To dramatise relationships between characters--dialogue is one of the most effective ways to do this.

  • To add drama to conflict situations and make them appear more immediate and urgent.

  • To build suspense--by having characters reveal secrets, ask questions, probe other characters, etc.
  • To create humour and pathos--dialogue can also relieve tension and suspense with humour; humour can also be an extension of characterisation; or to create a quality in speech that excites pity or sadness.

  • To establish a sense of realism and spontaneity-successful dialogue lends authenticity to the narrative.

  • Source for these tips: Writing For Publication  TAFEOTEN

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