Dialog is a key element of stories written for children. Here are the tips about dialog that I am still learning to master:
- Dialog must be realistic
- Dialog must be purposeful
- Dialog must move the story along
- Dialog must be active or show action, emotion, and characteristics of the speaker.
- Dialog must be strategically placed to not ruin or interrupt a story but to build it up and enhance the drama of the story
- Dialog must be age appropriate and written like the character would be expected to speak in real life
How does a new writer learn this skill?
Read, practice, read, practice, and study how successful authors have accomplished this skill. It is not learned overnight. It does take a bit of learning. Practice writing dialog with your next story. Read it out loud to see if it flows and sounds natural. Put the piece away for a few days then re-read it to see if it still flows. Now check to see if it moves the story along. That's how you do it.
Ps. You must know your characters well to know how they will speak before you can attempt to write their conversations in the form of written dialog.
Writing prompt: D words for 3rd graders. Write a 200-400 word story with these D words and try to include a bit of dialog.
decisions, decorate, delight, diary, display, double,