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Monday, January 18, 2010

Class 10: Writing Dialogue


CLASS 10: WRITING DIALOGUE



This is a very rare question in the 'O' level exam. If asked to write a dialogue, make sure you use correct punctuation. Look at the example below:


" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ," A asked.

" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ," B replied.

" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ," A objected.

". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ," B shouted.



Note:

1. Remember to use speech marks.

2. Start a new paragraph when changing speakers.

3. Try not to use the word 'said' when indicating who is speaking. Instead, try to use more interesting words such as snapped, protested, chuckled, snorted, wailed, sneered, boasted, teased, joked, grumbled, etc (Refer to Lesson 9 for more of such words)

4. Make sure that the dialogue sounds natural.

5. Include only interesting details, not unnecessary ones such as, "Good Morning."


ASSIGNMENT 10:


Write a dialogue between:

1. A father who is giving advice to his son about some personal or academic matter.

2. Two friends who are trying to decide where to go for a holiday.

3. Two strangers at a party.




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