How to write better dialogue? Well, good dialogue is natural. It sounds like the way people actually talk, and people tend to talk indirectly as opposed to directly. So let me give you an example. Let’s say we’re doing a scene, and we’re both seated at a restaurant, and I just finished my sandwich, and I say, “I just finished my sandwich. I’m still hungry. Can I have the rest of your sandwich?”

So that’s writing directly. I’m telling you how I feel and what I want. No good. A better way of doing this would be to write indirectly. “You going to finish that?” See, it’s the same thing. You understand I’m saying it without actually saying it, but you still understand what I want. You know what I want. Right. That’s not great dialogue, but it’s an easy example for you to understand. It’s a good analogy.

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Michael Jamin, Showrunner, TV Writer, Author

Michael Jamin

For the past 26 years, Michael Jamin has been a professional television writer/showrunner. His credits include King of the Hill, Beavis & Butthead, Wilfred, Maron, Just Shoot Me, Rules of Engagement, Brickleberry, Tacoma FD and many more.

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