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Any tips for Un-dialogue-ing?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:25 pm
by CatiK
Yeah I know that's not a word. I had no clue what word to use there.

My question is, does anyone have any tips on not using so much dialogue? or is dialogue ok? I love to talk so I guess that why I can only seem to think dialogue is the only way to get the point across. One of my chapters, I was toying with the idea of it mostly being texts/chats between characters at different points of the day. With some story in between. If I do that, I feel I need to take some dialogue out in other places because I don't want it to be all dialogue with no substance. :) thanks ahead of time if you understand what Im trying to get at!

Re: Any tips for Un-dialogue-ing?

PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:18 pm
by onceuponwednesday
Dialog is fine, there's nothing wrong with having a story being all dialog. Plays and screenplays tend to just be dialog with brief desciptions of scenery and action. But like everything else it has to be done well, so if you know of a book that you like that uses a lot of dialog then use that as an example of how to do it. Work out what makes it work. Personally I don't know of a lot of novels that use mostly dialog, so it's probably hard to do right.

Re: Any tips for Un-dialogue-ing?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:26 pm
by CatiK
Thanks!!!!

Re: Any tips for Un-dialogue-ing?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 6:25 pm
by DrG2
You can always summarize parts of the dialogue:
"No."
"Yes."
We continued to state our unwillingness to agree for another twenty-three minutes, dredging up every perceived insult during our marriage. Finally I realized that being happy was more important than being right."
"OK, we can switch to decaf."
I'd show her. I'll stop in at Walgreens for a box No-Doze on my way to work.

Re: Any tips for Un-dialogue-ing?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:29 am
by James A. Ritchie

Re: Any tips for Un-dialogue-ing?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:52 am
by James A. Ritchie
Dialogue is fine, and usually, though not always, necessary. It depends on the story you're writing.

The danger is turning your characters into floating heads, and telling things that should be shown. I don't have any tips and tricks, other than reading good stories, and doing likewise.

Re: Any tips for Un-dialogue-ing?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2015 11:00 pm
by CatiK
Actually you just helped alot. Talking about the danger of turning them into floating heads gave me an awful visual! LOL Thank you so much. I can really see what you were saying there and I think it will really help me out. Im going to work on weeding out the unneeded dialogue.