Throughout any and every written story dialogue plays one of the biggest, if not the biggest part of making or breaking a good book. Dialogue is important in almost every aspect of a written work. It introduces a character better than anything. Adding an accent or dialect to dialogue will automatically give the reader an idea of what type of character it is.
Word usage by a character also shows the reader how smart of a person he or she is. Dialogue tells a realistic story, rather then setting a plot and story-line with explanation, let the dialogue do all of the explaining for you.
The last important note to bring up is describing characters' emotions and facial expressions as you have them say something. This is because as a writer, you know exactly what you mean, but the artist may not pick up on it. Take the picture to the left as an example. Maybe I write the comic book script line that the character hears a joke and the picture to the left is what I'm expecting because the character is to slow and doesn't quite understand the joke. But instead, the artist draws the character laughing. You've got to be specific when writing a comic book script.
Today you have two homework assignments till the next writing tutorial: know your characters. It can't be stressed enough. You have to know your characters like they are real people. Know what their thinking, know what goals they have, understand what their after and know their emotions. Understand their history too, because that helps shape the type of person they are now. The better you know your character, the easier it will be to write a realistic dialogue.
Second: know where you're going with your storyline before you start writing the dialogue. If you know where your going, and who and what all will be introduced in the story, then it will be easier to find dialogue that perfectly presents the situations to the reader. Using dialogue to tell your story is not only more realistic and more appealing to the reader, but it is also an artistic way of writing.
Work on those two assignment, and make some plans. Write things down, fill out some idea webs or outlines of your story. Know where things are going, and you'll be ready for the next tutorial: Telling Stories Through Dialogue.
- Joseph Lookabaugh