English 101 Day 38
1. Essays back 1030 overview
2. Essays back today, tomorrow and Thursday for 930 class
3. Creating characters
a. Gradually revealing characters—peal the onion slowly.
b. Names—meaning and avoiding confusion.
c. Adding depth and personality
v. Names exercise?
4. Tips on Dialogue
In two's: I'm sorry but…
Movies with great dialogue: Tarantino, Juno, Linklater, Kevin Smith, Coen Brothers, David Mamet, Casablanca, China Town, Aaron Sorkin
Listen to how people talk to each other
• Most of it is the weather.
• He's like a bull in a china shop…
• Eating out.
• Waiting rooms.
• Cell phone jerks.
• At the checkout.
Read page 118, 119, 120, 121
More notes on dialogue:
Dialogue is not real speech, but it should sound like it.
• Cut words and phrases that don't move things along
Don't use dialogue provide exposition—keep it to three sentences or less
Break it up with action—remind us they are physical
Vary signal phrases, but keep it simple. Don't use elaborate signal phrases (she expostulated, he interjected)
Avoid stereotypes in dialect, but…
• Huck Finn
Don't over use slang/profanity. "Slang goes sour in a short time." --EH
Read a lot. Note good/bad
• Use quotation marks?
• Start a new paragraph when changing speakers.
5. Homework: Read 127-133