Compared to Real Life
When you think of adding dialogue into your writing itâs always easy to think of how people actually talk. But if you sit and listen to conversations, this wouldnât quite work on paper. Imagine reading people using âumâ and ‘err’, and speaking over each other. Sure, some interruptions can work well on paper, but not to the extent that they do in real life. Similarly, real world conversations have a tendency to switch from one topic to another â which would just be a mess on paper. So the balance of creating real life conversations, while keeping it interesting to read, can be a hard one. You need to give the impression, but not the reality.
For starters, you need to ask yourself, is this dialogue driving the story forward? If the answer is no, then odds are â cut it. Itâs probably just being used as filler because youâre a little stuck with what to write. If your writing makes sense without it, then yes, remove. Dialogue is used every minute of everyday in reality but remember, the audience canât see what youâre imagining, so the description and context is equally as essential.
However, remember that youâre trying to make it seem realistic and not forced. So like in our day to day life, we talk about, well, essentially nothing now and then â and so a certain amount of this is good. Especially when the dialogue you are using expresses character personality. Dialogue is a great way to reveal character traits as opposed to just telling them to your reader. Think about what your character would say, and how they say it. Are they relaxed? Or are they stressed about something? Are they young and around their friends? Or perhaps theyâre older and talking to a child. Keep in mind the characters personality when creating their dialogue, as not every person speaks the same way!