Dialogue

INTEGRATION

Make every word of dialogue advance the story, expand character, or illuminate the theme. In other words, integrate all dialogue into the overall script (see Richard Walter).

Use . .

  • jokes
  • overheard dialogue
  • poetry/lyrics
  • references
  • etcetera

. . only to advance story, expand character, or illuminate theme.

Leave nothing frivolous or unrelated in your dramatic story, and take every dialogue opportunity to advance the story, expand character, or illuminate the theme.


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