Neil Simon writes his dialogue to music, to tunes in his head, and many swear they hear the melody
when his plays are performed. When an actor delivers one of his words out of order, or drops a
word, these Neil Simon fans notice because it breaks the rhythm. Numerous musical terms can be applied to dialogue . .
Musical orchestration plays like the orchestra of voices in a movie. What if each character had
the voice of a different instrument? Or each character could represent the spirit and sounds of a
different musical genre?
Improvisational musicians carry on a perfect conversation when they perform. As a screenwriter
struggling with how to write great dialogue you can learn from what they do.
"I agree with what's said (here) about dialogue and music. I've always found a direct correlation
between screenwriting and composing music. Poetry too, with its economy of perfectly-chosen words.
When I'm writing, I'm very aware of the rhythm of the words and will often revise sentences to
conform to this 'rhythm'. Not only dialogue, but the entire script."