Monday, March 15, 2010
In Which Dialogue Takes Over
I like to write dialogue. It's something I find easy, and fun to do.
One thing that drives me crazy, though, is when the dialogue goes somewhere I'm not planning or somewhere completely unexpected.
Sometimes this is a good thing of course. Maybe the characters' conversation reveals some surprising characterization or plot point. Then it's fun.
BUT when I'm trying to write a conversation that needs to go a certain way, when the dialogue needs to reveal something important for the scene, that's when it irritates me when the dialogue goes off script.
Because I find that dialogue flows so easily, it's really hard for me to change it, add in sentences, remove other parts, and still make it sound realistic, or at least, not forced.
Does anyone else have any troubles with their dialogue occasionally taking over?