Every element in scriptwriting has its rules (including dialogue) that must be followed, this is because there is a standard format that the writer should follow and it also guides the writer on the whole writing process.
Veteran writers produce good and standard scripts due to the rules, it guides them on the format, the things to do, and the mistakes to avoid, at the end of the day a good, amazing script is being produced.
The following are rules guiding dialogue which must be followed for a writer to write good literary piece.
- Be Consistent
Consistency is the key. Writers need to show a high level of consistency in the dialogue (even in the whole script at large). If your script is meant to be simple or fluid, please don’t use vulgar language so as not to break the free flow of the story.
- Proper Use of Puntuation Marks
It is important that writers properly indicate punctuation marks in every dialogue. Where comma “,” is needed writer should not put a full stop “.” by doing this, it brings out the beauty in the dialogue.
- Avoid Redundancy, Focus on Efficiency
Either from the Dialogue or Description line, try as much as possible not to repeat lines of the same information that the reader already knows. It is one error writers should avoid. Repeating lines simply tell the reader there is nothing interesting in the story again.
- Dialogue Should be Specific and Serve a Purpose
All dialogues in the script most contribute to the development of the script. Writers should avoid irrelevant dialogue between characters. Dialogue between characters must point to something relevant and must serve an important purpose to the development of the script.
- In Some Cases, Avoid the Use of too much dialect.
This role solely depends on the writer and the type of script. If In any case there is a need for the writer to add any dialect to the dialogue, the writer should avoid the use of too much dialect so as the reader not to get bored and tiresome and also the actor shouldn’t feel over directed by you.
- Make Your Character Talk to Each Other
This is one of the most important rules a writer must always remember. When writing dialogue, characters are meant to speak to each other not the audience or the reader. Dialogue is meant to be between two characters which indirectly passes information to the audience. When a character is talking, the audience can tell when the conversation is purely for their benefit or not.
- Make Suspense as a tool in your Dialogue
Writers should be creative with dialogue because it is one power writers have to pass information. In using this power, the writer should make dialogues to be catchy that the audience will be hungry for more. The writer should make suspense a tool in the dialogue. This will make the Audience anticipate more from the story.
Conclusively, In the industry today a lot of Veteran writers we see today got a solid level as a result of following the basic rules of writing. Up coming writers should also follow the above rules, this will bring out the professionalism in the script.