- Dialogue flows from one topic to the other, connected by related ideas and words.
- Every character should talk differently depending on their characterisation and current situation.
- Give each character different goals in the scene.
- It is better to under-explain than to over-explain.
- If something is unusual in the world or for a particular character, have your other characters acknowledge it.
- Have characters repeat each other’s short words and phrases from time to time.
- Use Grice’s Cooperative Principle to work out how people might alter their language for subtle meanings.
As we go through the course, I will be explaining each of these rules. There is a topic dedicated to each one of them where we will talk about it in detail and consider how you can factor it into your own dialogue.
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