Guide to Writing a Dialogue in an Essay

Moving the Story Forward and touch your audience

Essay writing is way used by authors or writers to express their point-of-view about a specific matter or a means of conveying what they have in mind and what their argument is about a subject. It has different flows, format, or stages from which it generally summarizes or describes the main theory of a certain topic or material. And that it what it can do when establishing a story in order to make the viewers or target audience to visualize and understand what the plot is all about and what message it wishes to address. By means of an essay, it can easily expound and illustrate a certain scenario to the one reading it in a formal or informal way. For as the thought of the essay focuses on its specific subject only then no matter what is being discussed in the content it will always root back to what it is being talked about by the writer. Accompanied by dialogues the more it shall create an imaginary scene within the audience’s creative mind. It is like what we see in movies or plays; an essay can easily be understood especially if it is a narrative essay. It is a process where a story can easily move forward and molds that view from the writer’s creative idea where it involves a place, past experiences, or certain conversation or people. It has a lot of involvement of different pieces which makes it more interesting and fun to read. It directly addresses the point about the topic without hitting around the bushes and it can be easily grasped by whoever will be reading it.

Using Thoughts in Dialogue – How to?

Now, in using dialogue in an essay, there are some points to consider in doing the right formatting. This is where quotation marks and punctuation marks will be your best friends. The use of double quotation marks (“ ”) implies that a character is speaking within your content. Using a single quotation mark (‘) indicates a quote inside another quote. Then using an open quotation mark at the start of the paragraph and a close quotation mark at the end means that your character has more than a paragraph to say in your essay. See? They all serve its purpose and meaning in an essay content. It can make your story more understandable and interesting if you properly use the quotation marks. Next, we have the punctuation marks. Like periods (.) they should ALWAYS stay inside the quotation marks otherwise your word document editor will mark it red saying that it is WRONG. This goes the same with questions marks and exclamation points especially if they are part of the characters dialogue in your content. But if they are contained within a larger quote, the punctuation marks should come after the question mark. ALWAYS use commas right after the words: said, exclaimed, asked, and says or any verb that falls BEFORE the quote. Hence, place a comma within the quotation marks if verbs will come right after the quote. Then lastly, if your dialogue has to be broken or split, place a comma after your first sentence and another one after a verb or from any of the words indicated in the former. Remember these “marks” will make your readers get the groove of what your essay story is all about. It will make less of a headache having these tiny characters make a scene within your content.

Formatting Your Dialogue? Here’s how

When it comes to formatting a dialogue, it is also similar to some rules in ‘using thoughts in a dialogue’ only that there are additional pointers to consider. Starting with: spoken words or stated dialogues should be placed within a double quotation mark (“ “). Dialogue verbs such as said or asked should be placed outside the quotes and is separated by commas (,) and if a dialogue ends with a question or exclamation mark, the letter after it should be in lower case (small letters). If an action is indicated before or after a dialogue it considered as a separate sentence being ended with a period (.) then the quote will follow after. But if the quote comes before the action a comma is to be used instead. As mentioned earlier any punctuation or question marks should stay within the quote. Otherwise, if a dialogue ends using an ellipsis (…) it is not necessary to add any comma or punctuations after. If you have to write a quote within the dialogue, a single quote (‘) should be used.  Now if your character changes ‘inside’ the content, every speaker should start with a new paragraph or line. But if the character is to act within the dialogue, everything will stay within that paragraph. This is to avoid your readers or followers to miss out the thought of who is saying that line. Moving to a new paragraph means that a new scenario or character is to deliver a different dialogue. If an action or gesture separates a line within the dialogue, the first letter to follow should stay in the lower case. Finally, if a character has to deliver a long sentence that will require a new fragment or paragraph, use the open quote at the beginning of the paragraph and use the close quotation after the last paragraph.We all have different ideas in mind when it comes to writing an essay or writing conversations within a material and making use of these points will only make it look better. Never miss that chance of catching your readers’ attention. Write like a pro and let your fascinating ideas fly out.

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