How To Write A Good Dialogue

When writing a dialogue from memory for your autobiography, it is important to keep your dialogue accurate, succinct and lively. To have a great dialogue you need all three. You cannot have one without the others, if you wish to have a great dialogue. When writing a dialogue remember not to go overboard. Some dialogues need more accuracy, others need to be more succinct, whereas others a little more lively. You need accuracy because that’s why people are reading your autobiography. If what you are telling your readers is an inaccurate dialogue, they would think they are reading a fiction novel instead of real life events. Having your dialogue succinct is necessary because people do not want you to go on and on without an end in sight. This bores people. This is what stops people from reading autobiographies. You need to keep it brief and clearly expressed. Last but not least is liveliness. Writing a dialogue without liveliness makes a dialogue seem dull. A little excitement can do wonders. It keeps your readers reading. There is no formula for a perfect dialogue. Every dialogue is different. Remember that having too much of these is as bad as having none of it. If you keep this in mind you will be able to write great dialogues.

 

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