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English Language Arts 9. Creative Writing : Using Dialogue. What is dialogue?. Dialogue : [ dahy - uh - lawg , -log ] noun c onversation  between two or  more  persons . the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc. So you want to use dialogue in your writing, eh?.

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english language arts 9

English Language Arts 9

Creative Writing : Using Dialogue

what is dialogue
What is dialogue?

Dialogue: [dahy-uh-lawg, -log] noun

  • conversation between two or more persons.
  • the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
so you want to use dialogue in your writing eh
So you want to use dialogue in your writing, eh?

There are RULES to using dialogue in your writing.

In fact, there are FIVE rules.

...which I suggest you copy down since they MIGHT come in handy very soon.


rule 1
Rule 1

Place quotation marks around the words that actually come out of the person’s mouth.

Think of speech bubbles in a comic strip. If the words in the comic strip go INSIDE a speech bubble, then they go in between quotation marks in your writing.

rule 2
Rule 2

Place ending periods and commas INSIDE the end quotation mark.

Bobert said, “I want a penguin for my birthday.”

rule 3
Rule 3

Use proper punctuation at the end of a sentence.

“I also want a penguin for my birthday,” Robert agreed.

rule 4
Rule 4

Each time a person speaks, begin a new paragraph.

Bobert stomped his foot and demanded, “I want a penguin for my birthday!”

“Certainly, dear,” his mother replied. “Anything for my favorite child.”

rule 5
Rule 5

Capitalize the first word a person says, even if it’s in the middle of a longer sentence.

Bobert’s father asked his wife, “Where exactly are you planning on keeping this penguin? The freezer?”


Adapted from: http://teacherwriter.net/2009/02/25/how-to-use-proper-punctuation-when-writing-dialogue/