Dialogue in fiction
Dialogue is a conversation between two people.
Jill: How are you Jack?
Jack: I'm good, Jill and you?
Jill: Not good Jack. Not good at all.
Dialogue in fiction should be indirect.
Dialogue often has to do two or three things at once.
- It has to reveal facts. (This is called exposition) but also...
- It has to reveal or at least be consistent with character.
- It has to move the story forward (often 1. does this)
Here's some dialogue from Iron Man 3.
The character is revealing some facts. He does not say:
I’m no longer working for you, Mr President. Now I’m working with the Vice President and he’s the one who’s given the order to have you killed.
Instead he says.
I found myself a new political sponsor. And this time tomorrow he’ll have your job.
This isn't the greatest dialogue ever, but it is typical of the genre, and was no doubt written by a professional.