Gul Mohar Class 7 English Writing Skills - Dialogue Writing

Dialogue Writing

What is a Dialogue Writing?
A dialogue is a conversation between two or more people.

Rules for Dialogue Writing
•    There must be continuity in the ideas of the dialogue.
•    The right punctuation should be used to express the mood and tone of the dialogue.
•    A dialogue should be written with reference to a given situation.
•    It should be concise, relevant and should sound interesting and natural.
•    A good dialogue has a proper start and proper ending.
•    Use appropriate language
•    Sentences should be short and simple
•    Make use of the contractions such as don’t, can’t, wasn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t etc
•    And interjections like oh! , Ah! , Alas! etc., and use of um…er… to make the
•    Dialogue seems natural and conversational.
•    Dialogues could be formal, semi formal or informal depending upon the relationship between the two characters.
•    Avoid using slang and impolite words.

Pattern of writing dialogues
•    Use simple and easy names for the characters.
•    When writing a dialogue use a colon after a name of the character and then write the spoken line.
•    Every time a different character speaks, write the dialogue on a fresh line.
•    Include the actions, feelings, and expressions in brackets.

Example: A dialogue between a store attendant and a girl discussing about buying a creative gift.
Answer:

Store Attendant: Hello! How can I help you?
Sakshi: Hi, I was looking for a present for my friend. Could you help me select one?
Store Attendant: Yes, of course! What exactly are you looking for?
Sakshi: Well, my friend is a very creative person, so I would like to give her something she could work on.
Store Attendant: Does your friend like ornaments?
Sakshi: Yes, she does. But she prefers to make her own ornaments.
Store Attendant: Well then, I have just the gift you are looking for.
Sakshi: What is it?
Store Attendant: This is an ornament-making set. It contains a colourful range of strings, beads and stones. It also contains hooks and chains. Your friend will love it.
Sakshi: This looks attractive. How much does it cost?
Store Attendant: Only Rs 299. If you’d like, I can show you some handmade card which you could couple with this…
Sakshi: That will not be necessary. I already bought a card. Kindly gift wrap this for me.

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