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Know Your language!. Volume #3: How to Write Accurate, Meaningful Dialogue Within a Story. What is dialogue, you ask?.

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Know your language

Know Your language!

Volume #3: How to Write Accurate, Meaningful Dialogue Within a Story


What is dialogue you ask

What is dialogue, you ask?

Dialogue refers to the CONVERSATIONS that characters have in stories, plays or novels. Since we are writing stories, we will focus on writing dialogue for that purpose. What is the difference?


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What is meaningful and accurate dialogue?

error-

free

important


Why did i decide on tools for the background

Why did I decide on “tools”for the background?

As writers, we need to use all the tools necessary in order for people to understand our writing. WE know what we are talking about in our writing, but we want to make sure our AUDIENCE understands us too!


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  • Therefore, a tool is something that we can use to make our writing meaningful and accurate. After this lesson, you will:

  • know how to punctuate YOUR dialogue accurately.

  • have a helpful tool to analyze whether YOUR dialogue is meaningful.

Basically, it’s all about you!!!


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Do our stories HAVE to contain dialogue?

Yes!

Dialogue is extremely important. A story without dialogue is like:

a pizza without cheese

french fries without ketchup

a cake without frosting

an ipod with a dead battery

T-Pot Lady without herglasses

I’m hungry…can you tell?

…dull, uninteresting and unrealistic.


Let s face the facts

Let’s face the facts!

Stories are about people, and people talk.. A lot, actually.. Some more than others. And some talk TOO much. Therefore, we expect it in the stories that we read, because it makes the story seem real and come alive. If we expect it when we read, we should use dialogue when we write. Right? It should feel natural.

No way!

You’ll never believe what he said!

What did you say?

Way!


When do i use quotation marks

When do I use quotation marks?

Quotation marks are used to show the words that actually come out of a character’s mouth during dialogue. Quotation marks can go around one word, a phrase, sentence or paragraphs!

I never knew

quotation marks

could be so interesting!


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They are the little marks that come at the beginning and end of a character’s statement or question. Everything that is spoken out loud must be set off by quotations.

“You’re right. I know you’re right. I have to love my furry friends, not eat them,”said Wally the Monster, “but they are so delicious. It’s a disgusting habit. I need professional help. Should I go to Monsters Anonymous?”

“How many times do I have to tell you not to eat puppies!” said Ollie the Monster.


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There are 4 different parts to a quotation:

All 4 must be

written accurately

  • The punctuation

  • The words being spoken

  • The capitalization of 1st word in quote.

  • The tag: ex: he said, she said

“CSI is one of the best shows on television,”said Mr. B.

Notice the comma is inside the quotation mark!

Notice the “C” is capitalized.


Let s go one step at a time

Let’s go one step at a time:

I want to go to the book fair said May to buy Mrs. Bavona present

  • Step #1: The words being spoken need quotation marks.

  • Step #2: Add the punctuation: inside the quotation marks and end of sentence.

  • Step #3: Capitalize the 1st word in quote.

  • Is the tag at the beginning, middle or end?

middle tag

“I want to go to the book fair,” said May, “to buy Mrs. Bacon a present.”


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  • Step #1: The words being spoken need quotation marks.

  • Step #2: Add the punctuation: inside the quotation marks and end of sentence.

  • Step #3: Capitalize the 1st word in quote.

  • Is the tag at the beginning, middle or end?

Accurately punctuate

these sentences:

What is for lunch today

“What is for lunch today?”

Andy asked when do we get to go to the book fair

Andy asked, “When do we get to go to the book fair?”

I was wondering asked Savina what time is the movie

“I was wondering,”asked Savina, “what time is the movie?”


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“I still don’t get it!!” said Harvey the Smiley Guy.

Hang in there, Harvey!

I’ll give you more examples!


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Quick check!

Write three sentences: 3 points each!

1). The first sentence needs a beginning tag.

2). The second sentence needs a middle tag.

3). The third sentence needs an end tag.


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QUOTATION MARKS are used to show the words that a person is actually saying.

INDENTING is used to show that there is a new speaker.

Take a look at this paragraph, and raise your hand when you know what is wrong:

Things That Never Happen

Mom, I’ve been thinking. My birthday is coming up and I think you have spent a lot of money on me lately. What are you up to? Nothing. I think that you should just give me a card for my birthday, because I know you guys all love me, and that is all I need. That is very mature of you, and I am very impressed. When did you grow up? I just feel it must be hard to be a parent and to keep up with all the things kids want. I was going to get you an ipod for your birthday. That is okay, I don’t really need it. I think Jason wants one, so you can just buy it for him for his birthday next month.


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There are a few things that are obviously wrong here. First, kids never say that their parents should just give them a card for their birthday…unless it has money in it. But what else is wrong?

  • There are no QUOTATION MARKS.

This paragraph would be much easier to understand if we could clearly identify who is speaking and when. Does it help if we add quotation marks? Let’s see…


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Things That Never Happen

“Mom, I’ve been thinking. My birthday is coming up and I think you have spent a lot of money on me lately,” said Lauren. “What are you up to?” asked her mom suspiciously. “Nothing. I think that you should just give me a card for my birthday, because I know you guys all love me, and that is all I need.”“That is very mature of you, and I am very impressed. When did you grow up?” her mom asked with astonishment. Lauren added, “I just feel it must be hard to be a parent and to keep up with all the things kids want.”“I was going to get you an ipod for your birthday,” she offered. “That is okay, I don’t really need it. I think Jason wants one, so you can just buy it for him for his birthday next month.”

Okay, now it has quotation marks. Is it easy to understand now?


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It is definitely more ACCURATE since it has the right punctuation. But we need to have a new PARAGRAPH for each new speaker. How will it look with quotation marks and paragraphs?


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Things That Never Happen

“Mom, I’ve been thinking. My birthday is coming up and I think you have spent a lot of money on me lately,” said Lauren.

“What are you up to?” asked her mom suspiciously.

“Nothing. I think that you should just give me a card for my birthday, because I know you guys all love me, and that is all I need.”

“That is very mature of you, and I am very impressed. When did you grow up?” her mom asked with astonishment.

Lauren added, “I just feel it must be hard to be a parent and to keep up with all the things kids want.”

“I was going to get you an ipod for your birthday,” she offered.

“That is okay, I don’t really need it. I think Jason wants one, so you can just buy it for him for his birthday next month.”

So much better! We can clearly see who is talking!


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