Splash into Writing
When someone talks, it makes a story much more interesting.
We learn more about the characters. We know how they feel.
We know how much education they have.
We may even know where they live.
When you write what someone says, that is called DIALOGUE.
There are special rules for writing DIALOGUE.
You need special punctuation called QUOTATION MARKS.
A quotation is the exact words that someone says.
(Notice where the punctuation marks are placed in these sentences.)
Most of the time, you also use a DIALOGUE TAG.
That tells you who is speaking, but you don't always need one.
You can have that person do an action -
or you can have someone else say their name -
Write a scene with a conversation between two people.
Email it to me.
I want to hear what your characters are talking about.
LET'S TALK ABOUT IT
"It's too cold, Mom.
My hair will freeze and break off like icicles."
"I don't think so.
If you get in the shower now,
it will have time to dry."
1. Did you read your story out loud?
2. Did you double check your spelling?
3. Did you capitalize and punctuate correctly?
4. Did you use interesting vocabulary?
5. Did you write a good beginning and ending?
“The Universal Code Project was established by Dr. Samuel Warden to decipher the newly discovered pattern in all of nature. With his technology, we have been able to digitalize the intricate design of this peculiar strange code."
Timothy throws his sneaker in the air.
"Yay! NO SCHOOL!"
He gallops around the house.
"I'm going outside to make a snow fort."
I hope they lose the game without me.”
"After you done eatin' yore grits,
I's want you to fetch me some water.
You hear me, boy?"
“What are the cupcakes for?” asked Ellen
Her mother said,
“They are for a new friend party.”
“I don’t have a new friend," said Ellen.
"I don’t have any friends.”