The conversation. I’m currently working on a scenario. Writing a good dialogue is one of those key elements of fiction that a lot of writers struggle with. We’ve all read scripts or seen movies where we thought, “Nobody talks like that.”
I wrote this dialogue from scratch. A good dialogue sounds like real-life conversation but I think I’ve heard this one before, somewhere…
Herman: You’re a pistol, you’re really funny. You’re really funny.
Mr. Bowie: What do you mean I’m funny?
Herman: It’s funny, you know. It’s a good story, a good blog, it’s funny, you’re a funny cat.
Mr. Bowie: What do you mean, you mean the way I walk or meow? What?
Herman: It’s just, you know. You’re just funny, it’s… funny, the way you tell the story and everything.
Mr. Bowie: [it becomes quiet] Funny how? What’s funny about it?
Sis: Mr. Bowie no! You got it all wrong.
Mr. Bowie: Oh, oh, Sis. He’s a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how?
Mr. Bowie: What?
Herman: Just… ya know… you’re funny.
Mr. Bowie: You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it’s me, I’m a little crazy maybe, but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?
Herman: Just… you know, how you tell the story, what?
Mr. Bowie: No, no, I don’t know, you said it. How do I know? You said I’m funny. How am I funny, what is so funny about me? Tell me, tell me what’s funny!
Herman: [long pause] Get the hell out of here, Mr. Bowie!
Mr. Bowie: [everyone laughs] Ya creep! I almost had him, I almost had him. Ya stuttering loudmouth ya. Sis, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Herman. You may fold under questioning.