Subtext: Beyond the Mechanics of Dialogue… April 2015 InD’Tale Magazine

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

~The Princess Bride

Do you remember this bit of dialogue from The Princess Bride?

Of course you do.

Now, I want you to do something for me. Close your eyes and recall the scene. Summon it forth into your imagination, and absorb all of the vivid details. Live it.

Got that?

Good. I’ll explain in a bit.

Let’s talk about dialogue. It is one of the most challenging aspects of writing a scene between two or more characters. Good dialogue is snappy and flows. It seldom sounds like actual speech, which is layered with ‘ums’ and ‘ohs’. Wouldn’t it be incredibly annoying if your characters fell into the repetitive use of words, such as “like”, the way real people are prone to do?

Read the rest at InD’Tale Magazine p. 38

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