And here’s the fourth and final instalment regarding character development.
How would you feel if you were at a get together or party, and everyone was exchanging paragraphs of prose on written paper, instead of conversing? To put it another way, how would you feel if your interactions with friends were restricted to info dumps on Facebook? Does this excite you? Does this let you get to know the other person? Do you get see how they think and feel, how they move, how their eyes light up when they get onto a particular topic, how their mouth falls when you mention a sore point?
You readers are at a party that you are hosting. And they’re there to have a good time. They really don’t care about you. They’re like the stereotypical gate-crashers that come for a free feed and their own amusement. And it’s your responsibility to keep them there as long as possible.
Dialogue does a number of things, but I want to just point out three for you to think about.
1. Dialogue makes your characters real. It’s like inviting readers’ into their heads. It’s the important ingredient in a successful soap opera.
2. Dialogue differentiates them from each other. They just seem like a lot of names until we hear them talk. Then we know about their passions, their quirks, their backgrounds, their mannerisms, and so on.
3. Dialogue makes the story happen. Dialogues carry information, sure. But they also should carry the characters’ opinions on that information. This is what colours the story and helps lead to action.
Here’s the fourth and final episode of this topic on writersanctuary.net .
And here’s a link to the article itself. http://www.writersanctuary.net/blog/how-to-avoid-the-flames-the-importance-of-dialogue-in-character-development-part-4-writing
Thanks for reading, and happy NaNoWriMo.