Dialogue as a form of composition
What is dialogue?
In general sense, a dialogue means a conversation between two or more people, either verbal or written. Generally, a dialogue is a literary work written in form of a conversation, especially, in a drama or a film. It is also an essential part of a story or novel. Writers often use dialogue to provide information to readers in a way that is interesting and emotionally engaging. They try to make their dialogue sound as natural and authentic as they would be in real life.
However, for various purposes, dialogue might need to be written on a pre-planned definite topic or situation. This is especially applicable for the students of high school/secondary and higher secondary level. They are asked to write dialogue on a particular issue following some guidelines provided. Such a practice of writing dialogue also covers much of their language learning. And for this one has to master the rules and tactics of effective dialogue writing. When a dialogue is written, it becomes a type of composition, and the nature, form and style of this composition become dramatic.
Why to learn writing dialogue:
Writing and practicing dialogue may be a good and effective medium of language learning. It is a useful form of composition, especially for the learners who are trying to acquire a command of spoken English. Practice of dialogue between two persons/learners/partners can help them to acquire speaking as well as listening skill. Again practice of composing dialogue can help the composer speak English to others. Moreover, skill in dialogue will certainly help one to speak correctly, confidently and properly for all out communications including business communication in real life situation.
How to write a dialogue?
1. Before starting to write a dialogue, a learner must have necessary preparation as per the purpose (subject) of the dialogue.
2. An effective dialogue must have a beginning, development and an ending, especially in case of dialogue for academic practice.
3. A learner should make a pre-plan or outline. His/her imaginative power and experience can help a lot in this case.
4. He/she will arrange the idea in some logical order, so that one idea will arise naturally from another in course of conversation.
5. Writers should use the style and pattern of actual conversation people usually use in the same situation to make the dialogues sound authentic.
6. S/he should completely understand each character and make them each talk with a distinct voice considering their age, gender, education level, region where they’re from, tone of voice etc.
7. The dialogue should begin in an interesting way, so that the reader’s attention may be arrested from the very beginning.
8. The language of a dialogue should be, as far as possible, colloquial, but it does not mean that the language may be ungrammatical.
9. The writer should avoid stilted and bookish phrases and language should be plain and simple.
10. Slang words should be avoided.
11. The conversation should be brief and the questions and replies should be as concise and pointed as possible.
LIST OF DIALOGUES (EXAMPLES)
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