Screenwriting: How To Write the Dialogue

Dialogue is an important and effective tool for screenwriting, as it is a main function for a character to tie in his personality and expectations in a film. Dialogue is a tricky procedure that involves a lot or practice. The following steps will help you write dialog that an audience can easily find to be realistic.

Step 1: Convey the Story

The first step to effectively create dialogue is to communicate the premise of the story to audience in a way in which they can understand the story clearly. Once you have created a story that is suitable for the audience to understand, you are now able to move onto the development of your character's conflicts.

Step 2: Reveal the Conflicts

The dialogue not only helps tell the story for the audience, but it reveals the conflicts for the characters as well giving them a reason to relate to the character. The conflicts revealed through the dialogue help convey the emotional intensity between several characters and the situations they encounter. With this method for dialogue, you are able to properly reveal the conflicts for the characters.

Step 3: Develop the Characters

The third step to use dialog properly is to develop your characters in a way that conveys their personality and hopes. An example would include the distinctive speech patterns, habits and quirks that a character may reveal on a consistent basis. The more distinctive you make your characters through dialogue, the more memorable and effective their portrayal will come across on screen. After you have fleshed out your character with dialogue, you are now able to move onto creating dialogue for your character that sounds realistic.

Step 4: Make the Dialogue Sound Realistic

The fourth and most important step to create effective dialogue is to create dialogue that is realistic and suitable for your character. If your dialogue does not suit the character, the audience will have a hard time relating to the character because they are not convinced nor find it be realistic. With this step being the most important of them all, it is often the most challenging as well. You may have noticed that in some films the dialogue is extremely cheesy almost to the point where you consider that the writer was trying way too hard to force the dialogue out of these characters.

If you create dialogue that is overdone, you will alienate viewers, creating an instant backlash against you film on this principle alone. This step takes time and practice. A helpful approach to this step is to listen to people and see how they carry on conversations with others. Once you have correctly fashioned the proper style of dialogue for your character, you are now able to test it out.

Step 5: Have Others Read Your Work

When you're immersed in your writing, it is best to step out of your zone once in a while a take a break from your project. One method is to allow others to read your work in order to see if the dialogue makes sense to them. This is a good way to proofread and check your work before you make any needed revisions for your scripts. Once you have completed these steps, you are now able to create creative and effective dialogue for your script.