Friday, October 05, 2007

dialogue

I once received this feedback on an urban teen script set in South London; "the writer certainly has an ear for the cadences of London patter." I read that back and thought; 'Hmmm what a shame you don't" (ha ha)

I love writing dialogue. I just had a scene in the current script where a bloke from the UK converses with my SA protagonist. Two characters from completely different worlds and the collision is mostly reflected through their speech.

Really dialogue has to work on a number of levels - be authentic and accurately reflect the milieu/ background/ world of the character, communicate (of course) but most importantly it has to sail off the page or rather sail out of the mouth - whoever the character is...

Just a brief musing today - but feel free to contribute any thoughts...

Laters

10 comments:

Elinor said...

i agree. I think fizzy dialogue just lifts the whole script even if it has other problems.

'London patter'!!! Walk down Peckham Rye Lane and hear 120 community languages. Patter doesn't even begin to cover it.

potdoll said...

getting to write the dialogue is the fun bit - like icing the cake after you've done the graft of baking it.

not that i've ever baked a cake. (unless you count crispie cakes).

Far away said...

The word 'patter' is so archaic, innit Elinor?

Pot, I'm surprised you've never baked a cake!
How on earth do you manage to be a trophy wife?

Elinor said...

Gor blimey missus you're right! Strike a light etc.

Pot, are you REALLY a trophy wife? Do tell...

potdoll said...

Actually I remembered afterwards that I did try and bake a cake once at school. It was a victoria sandwich. when I took it out of the oven it was sunken. That must be why I've never attempted another.


I would love to be a trophy wife but my man is six years younger than me. Does that exclude me from that title?

far away said...

6 years younger means you are definitely a trophy wife - but you'll have to brush up on those cakes..

potdoll said...

does it? i thought trophy wives had old, rich husbands? or am I confusing trophy wife with gold-digger?

far away said...

Yes you're right there Pot.

I think I've mixed up trophy with Stepford or possibly even domestic goddess..

oops! You can guess what I never write about..

potdoll said...

I'd go with the domestic goddess tag if i could look anything like Nigella Lawson.

far away said...

I wouldn't mind all her kitchen utensils...
and that indigo velvet dress was rather fetching