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    Is anyone else having this problem?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by kablooblab, Jan 22, 2012.

    All of my writing is almost entirely dialogue. It reads more like a play than a book. How do I get around this?
     
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    wow, to me that sounds great, not like a huge problem. I have even seen shorter novels with only dialogue, so I don't think you have to worry much. Write it until finished and then look for where you can/need to insert a little narrative to break it up. what kind of stories is it that you write? Short stories? novels?
     
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    I'd do some thinking about what the storyline is and where the plot's going, and I'd see whether I'm trying to make the dialogue carry the story along. Generally, dialogue should be used to reveal characterization, and to show interactions between characters. Don't give dialogue more jobs than it can take on -- things like showing conflict and moving the story forward can be accomplished by description. You can also break up dialogue by showing what the characters are doing while they're talking. Most times, we do not just sit motionless and talk -- we're washing dishes, we're looking out the window, we're trying to get the kids to be quiet.

    Alternately, you could turn your work into a play.
     
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    I don't like plays too much. But the rest of your advice is great. Thanks.

    I guess you could say I write books. But its more like I start them. I always get frustrated with myself and stop.
     
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    You are missing description.

    Write what is going on around your characters and what they are doing.
     
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    If you feel like it might be too much dialogue, go with your gut feeling; you might be right. Read your dialogue again. Do you really need it all? Often I write way too much dialogue at first, but then cut it down to the bare minimum amount that still gets my ideas across.

    But really, it all depends on the scene. Some scenes require more dialogue, some none at all.
     
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    Was going to post this exactly but Joanna beat me to the punch. ;)

    I sometimes have the same problem, and I've found that action cues break up the dialogue nicely and also give the reader a more vivid description of what's going on.
     
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    I have worked so much at putting dialogue in my stories, I feel the same way as you! Do that first, and then backtrack and think about how you can describe the people, reactions and setting more to clarify what you mean. I also have been thinking my stories could easily become plays because of the amount of dialogue. I personally like reading stories though that have more dialogue than less. I learned to show through dialogue more than anything, so I think it's definitely a good thing!
     
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    Dialogue is often the backbone of my scenes and the thing I first write down. I have to go back and add the where, how, what... I will pick one thing, maybe smell, and see if I can add that to the scene and then pick something else and so forth.
     
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    Most of my writing is dialogue and description. Once i fit the setting with the story perfectly, that's where my action scenes come in.
     
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    Write plays?

    Writing doesn't need to conform to a set standard.
     
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    Try writing a couple of practice scenes where there is no dialogue at all, but one or more characters in the scene; have them interacting with just body language, or whatever. Don't labour it, though: if it's a really dramatic scene there's no reason people wouldn't talk unless they were mute. Perhaps find a scenario where people would be silent, forced or not.
     

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