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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Lesson 9 - Dialogue 2

Lesson 9 - DIALOGUE 2

To make your dialogue even more interesting, avoid using the word "said". Instead use more "active" verbs that convey more feeling or intention. Compare the two examples below.


Example 1:

"Don't talk to me like that!" she said.

"I will talk to you any way I want!" he said
, raising an arm to hit her.

"Remember who I am!" she said. He lowered his hand quickly and anger subsided from his face.


Example 2:

"Don't talk to me like that!" she roared.

"I will talk to you any way I want!" he snarled back, raising an arm to hit her.

"Remember who I am!" she pleaded. He lowered his hand quickly and anger subsided from his face.


The second example is more vivid because of the words "roared", "snarled" and "pleaded" which show much more emotion than the word "said".


Homework 9

Write a dialogue between two people, any two people, and use the words below in place of the word "said":

remarked, commented, announced, answered, queried, asked, exploded, snapped, scolded, chuckled, giggled, groaned, cried, moaned, confessed, insulted, protested, objected, teased, joked, complained, grumbled, nagged, declared, communicated, exclaimed, repeated, responded, revealed, stated, told, maintained, suggested, uttered, divulged, articulated, asserted, conveyed, disclosed, affirmed, howled, murmured, mumbled, bellowed, muttered, roared, snarled, sniggered, snorted, trembled, wailed, ordered, pleaded, rebuked, shouted, shrieked, squeaked, whimpered, rebuffed, screamed, sneered, sobbed, yelled, agreed, boasted, explained, echoed, gibbered, insisted, fumed, conceded, chided.

The list goes on. You can also look up the thesaurus for more suggestions.

Do look up the dictionary if you do not understand any of these words. It is important to use the right ones!



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