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Writing: Characters and Dialogue

Characters are one of the most important elements in a story, and dialogue is an effective way of conveying character. This category is for questions relating to characterization and the creation of dialogue.

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How do you write a conversation between two sisters discussing their dreams?

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Julie, guess what... I want to become so wealthy that I might be able to help needy children all over the world. Sure Jackie, it would be nice to wipe out poverty and give hope to all those that are suffering in all societies.

How does an author show their characters feelings?

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By showing how they react. You know how people look, act, and speak when they feel different emotions -- make your characters show that they have emotion instead of just telling the reader that they do.

If someone is sad, show them crying, walking stooped over, staying in bed instead of going out, or any of the other ways people show they are sad.

How do you write a monologue?

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A monologue is a speech, usually a long one, delivered by one actor. Here are some things to keep in mind when writing one:

  • Keep the character's voice consistent and distinct - write in their voice
  • Identify the character's wants and needs
  • Pay attention to the rhythm and shape of the monologue - this means make sure the monologue has a beginning, middle, and end, and that the words flow well
  • Know your audience!

Do the characters seem like real people?

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That depends on which story you are reading!

Every story has characters - some of them are believable and others are not. You'll have to make that determination for every story you read.

Why do authors include dialogue in their writing?

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Dialogue is simply the conversation between people. You use it because it's more interesting than just reading a description. Look at this example:

Bob told Rachel that he didn't want to go to the movie, but that he would rather go ice skating instead. He was thinking as he said this that he wanted to propose in a romantic way and that the movies would not be romantic at all. Rachel did not like the idea of ice skating because she thought that the new romantic movie which opened yesterday might give Bob some idea that he ought to wise up and marry her before she found someone else. The couple argued about this for several minutes before Bob convinced Rachel to go skating.

I hope that you don't think that is an interesting paragraph! Now look at the same scene with dialogue:

"I don't know, Rachel." Bob frowned at his girlfriend. "I was thinking we'd go ice skating instead of sitting in a dark room staring at a screen."

Rachel put her hands on her hips. "'Love of My Life' just came out yesterday! The reviews are terrific and I want to see it."

Bob slipped one hand into his jacket pocket. The velvet box seemed to weigh a ton. He'd spent weeks picking out the perfect ring, and now Rachel was going to ruin his idea for a romantic proposal! He stepped close to look into her eyes. "Rachel, sweetheart, I promise we'll see the movie another day. I want to wrap my arms around you and fly across the ice just like we did the first day we met. Remember how much fun we had?"

She smiled. "I remember you fell on your arse in front of my parents."

"I'll fall for you anytime, darling!"

Rachel sighed. "OK. I'll go skating with you ... but you owe me a romantic evening at the movies."

Bob smiled as he closed the door behind them. She'd see how romantic an evening at the skating rink would be when their song played on the speakers and he got down on one knee in front of the whole room!

Now you see why dialogue is necessary for an interesting story.

One of the primary intentions of fiction is to achieve verisimilitude, that is life-likeness. The writer wants the reader to believe or at least feel that the events described in the story are real. One way to do this (and its a good way) is to employ dialogue.

What are a few good tree elf names?

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yes there is an elf named gage

Also:

Aona

Maxwell

Meru

Rience

Aerona

Aerron

Aeronwen

Corin

Aeronwy

Felix

Naomi

Leon

Ashen

Erik

Shylo

Raoul

Shy

Gabriel

Earianna

Lucian

Demonica

Liam

Jadian

Zeak

Sadie

Drackon

Gwendolyn

Jasper

Gwenavier

Leona

Leon

Sonya

Emmet

Zella

Jacob

Lucinda

Jareth

Azairah

Quinto

Krisis

Darius

Selene

Vincent

Arwen

Niles

Jazlyn

Lance

Kali

Jonas

Athena

Niko

Mercury

Raphael

Saylem

Salem

Rael

Crispen

Kaji

Sirius

Nera

Eros

Vena

Arrow

Janiel

Daniel

Iris

Brodric

Nyx

Draylan

Xantho

Dracian

Zanna

Drayclan

Eirien

Brokk

Katakana

Dain

Darwin

Erwin

Raziel

Sage

Jinx

Ember

Alekto

Avery

Drake

Durin

Kailen

Lúthien

Gwindor

Olliver

Margot

What is a good name for a character in a horror story?

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Only you can come up with a good name! Titles come from the story, not from some anonymous person on the internet! Titles are not as important as some writers think, also - your title might change many times between your first write and your final draft!

Think about your story - what is going on and who are the people involved?

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Who are the main characters in hudhud hi aliguyon?

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the main characters of the aliguyon

What should I call my character?

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It isn't clear what character you are talking about. Let's assume you write a story. You can either use a common or uncommon combination of first and last name, or - especially for fantasy and science fiction stories - make something up.

What are the six ways an author can reveal character traits?

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When you show character traits or development instead of just telling, it's indirect characterization.

How do you write a dialog between friends about school and its rules and regulation?

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Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd for one to two hours and just listen to people talking. Then, go home and write down some of the things you heard people saying. That's dialogue.

When you need to have your characters talk, just pretend it's you and a friend (or several friends), and have them say something you'd probably say in the same situation. Then imagine what your friends would say in reply, and go back and forth that way. As you become a better writer, your characters themselves will "tell" you what they want to say, because they become like real people to you.

Spy names for girls can you have some please can you give me some spy names for girls?

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You need to invent your own names if you're going to be a writer. Don't depend on some anonymous person on the internet to invent your characters for you!

Writers who copy ideas from other people can also end up in trouble for plagiarism! If you copy someone's names or ideas, then when you publish your story, they could claim you stole those from them and sue you for part of your money.

I use online name generators for the names of my secondary characters - the main characters. I take my time and choose special names from baby name books!

How do you write a dialogue writing between four friends on cricket?

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Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd for one to two hours and just listen to people talking. Then, go home and write down some of the things you heard people saying. That's dialogue.

When you need to have your characters talk, just pretend it's you and a friend (or several friends), and have them say something you'd probably say in the same situation. Then imagine what your friends would say in reply, and go back and forth that way. As you become a better writer, your characters themselves will "tell" you what they want to say, because they become like real people to you.

An author can develop characters in how many different ways?

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There are many ways. The author can start with the character's physical personality and then define his thinking. Or the author can build a mind-set for a character and accordingly state its physical appearance. Or by giving a definite past for a character also draws its present. Or by stating its profession or any personal factor gives a base for character building. And also the author can use personal experiences or real life people while drawing a character. And many more.

What might a suspicious character do?

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What sort of things do you do when you're suspicious? Do you sneak around trying to find the truth? Do you check someone's email or text messages for proof? Do you talk to your friends about it? You can answer this if you just think about it!

Is singing a character trait?

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Asked by Wiki User

Yes

Talented is a trait if you talk about a story in a book or a living person in life

Can you use a celebrity name in title of your non fiction book?

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yes, you can mention anything that is in the public domain. They are public people and anything that they do publicly is 'griss for the mill'. HOWEVER if you get too far into their private lives, mention things that should be considered private then you are in trouble.

Carol Brunette was accused by the Nation Inquirer of being drunk at a restaurant. Carol's mother was an alcoholic and she took the reference hard. She sued and won.

I can talk about Carol's mom because the information is in the public domain. How Carol behaves in public is going to have to be accurate or there are heavy consequences.

How do you write a dialog between two friends on fashion?

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Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd for one to two hours and just listen to people talking. Then, go home and write down some of the things you heard people saying. That's dialogue.

When you need to have your characters talk, just pretend it's you and a friend (or several friends), and have them say something you'd probably say in the same situation. Then imagine what your friends would say in reply, and go back and forth that way. As you become a better writer, your characters themselves will "tell" you what they want to say, because they become like real people to you.

What does dialogue do in writing?

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Asked by Wiki User

Dialogue shows people talking and tells what they said. It also gives information, both about the story and about the characters.

What character is a character that changes throughout the story?

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I think you are referring to a 'dynamic' character as opposed to a 'static' one. Dynamic characters grow and change as the story progresses whereas static characters are the ones that stay (sometimes stubbornly) constant.

Main characters are often dynamic, especially when there is a lesson to be learned.

What describes a well developed character in a story?

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If you mean well developed as in 'mature' then mature would be a good way to describe a well developed character.

How do you write a dialog with boy and girl conversation?

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Writing dialogue is not as hard as you're letting it seem. You have dialogue all the time -- it's called talking. If you honestly cannot think of what your characters are going to say to one another, you need to go take a break and go somewhere out in public. Sit somewhere in the middle of a crowd for one to two hours and just listen to people talking. Then, go home and write down some of the things you heard people saying. That's dialogue.

When you need to have your characters talk, just pretend it's you and a friend (or several friends), and have them say something you'd probably say in the same situation. Then imagine what your friends would say in reply, and go back and forth that way. As you become a better writer, your characters themselves will "tell" you what they want to say, because they become like real people to you.

What are some posh last names for a book?

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You must invent your own character names if you're going to be a writer. Click on the link to see how.

What is the term for the main character in a story or novel?

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The protagonist is the main character of the story. Everything evolves around him/her. Usually, in a story, the protagonist wants to reach a goal, but many obstacles are in his path to reach this goal. These obstacles can be natural (a storm, a tornado) or human. The human obstacles doesn't want that the protagonist reach his/her goal. The human obstacles are called "Antagonist". Other characters in a story are called minor characters. These characters can help the protagonist to reach his/her goal, or be simply "decorations" and do not interact with the protagonist. There can be more than one protagonist or antagonist in a story.