Using overheard dialogue well
The last part of lesson 2 in this chapter talks about “listening better to write better” and brings up the idea of eavesdropping on conversations in public places. A great example of this is Pico Iyer’s piece “Honolulu Overheard.” If you want another example of how to use dialogue well, check out this one.
Love that article, the dialogue is perfect…I find writing dialogue extremely difficult.
I was also reminded of this website:
Not quite the same, but I think the dialogue recorded here shows just how unique the city is. Plus it’s ridiculously funny.
Holy crap, Kate, you just blew my mind! I think you’re right. I DID overhear something ridiculous about a horse and higher education in a coffeeshop once, but now I can’t remember where it ends and Lewis Black begins! Damn virtual reality of the modern world…
Let me toss out another personal favorite, in that case. I remember this one very clearly:
“It’s not prostitution–it’s called getting good grades.”
Thanks for the links about using dialogue. I find using dialogue the hardest. Nowadays even harder as i have moved to a country where I am still learning the language. Actually that probably makes it funnier as i misunderstand quotes!! For example I am use to talking with people about sports & instruments. In English I listen to people who play an instrument & play a sport. In Spanish they play a sport but feel an instrument. When a man talks about a woman do they pl…….. See where my mind is going???!!! Misunderstanding of a language can be so misleading but then that makes for better reading sometimes!!