Good dialogue isn’t just two characters sitting around having a chat – it’s an integral part of the story. Clunky, stilted dialogue is one of the hallmarks of inexperienced writers, so learning to write dialogue effectively is one of the best ways to improve your writing.
This template encourages students to make conscious decisions about dialogue that are in line with the characters’ motivations and with the plot, structure and setting of the story. By thinking about character traits that are likely to come through in speech, students will be able to create more natural-sounding dialogue that serves the story rather than detracting from it.
An example template deconstructing a dialogue scene in The Iron Line is also included.
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