The best way to learn about how to write dialogue effectively, is to go out and observe dialogue in it’s natural habitat! Your mission is to go out into the school and eavesdrop in on a conversation. Listen to the conversation for about 10 minutes, record the content and your observations. Make your notes as specific as possible as we will be debriefing as a class upon your return.
Discuss the dialogue that you overhead:
1. Talk about the process of eavesdropping:
i. Where did you go?
ii. How long did you listen to conversation?
iii. Who was it between?
iv. How did it feel to be recording the conversation?
2. What insights did you gain about the way people speak?
3. How can you apply this to your writing?
4. How is personality and character revealed through conversation/dialogue?
5. What happens when more than two people participate in a conversation?
6. What was the most surprising thing you’ve learned about the way people converse?
7. What are the differences and similarities between written and spoken conversations?
Finished assignment = 350 words. Post it here in the comments, and on your blog.