Dialogue Dialogue sometimes spelled dialog in American English is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange As a narrative, philosophical or didactic device, it is chiefly associated in the West with the Socratic dialogue as developed by Plato, but antecedents are also found in other traditions including Narrative Engaging Beginnings Ms McClure s Class Writing Mini Lessons Narrative Engaging Beginnings Leads Good writers sweat their engaging beginnings Leads give shape to the piece and to the experience of writing it A strong engaging beginning sets the tone for the piece, determines the content and Exposition narrative Narrative exposition is the insertion of important background information within a story for example, information about the setting, characters backstories, prior plot events, historical context, etc In a specifically literary context, exposition appears in the form of expository writing embedded within the narrative Exposition is one of four rhetorical modes also known as modes of Space and Punctuate Dialogue Correctly Creative Writing Space and Punctuate Dialogue Correctly Creative Writing Success Tips Writers who fail to punctuate dialogue correctly confuse readers and draw attention to their inexperience So basic is proper punctuation that an editor is unlikely to read past the first page if dialogue is handled incorrectly. Literary Terms and Definitions D Carson Newman College This webpage is for Dr Wheeler s literature students, and it offers introductory survey information concerning the literature of classical China, classical Rome, classical Greece, the Bible as Literature, medieval literature, Renaissance literature, and genre studies. How to Punctuate Dialogue The Editor s Blog The PDF Punctuation in Dialogue . and The Magic of Fiction available in paperback and PDF both contain expanded and updated versions of this material. Dialogue h as its own rules for punctuation Commas go in particular places, as do terminal marks such as periods and question marks Only what is spoken is within the quotation marks. Over words to use instead of said PC version Words to use instead of SAID This is page is updated often Be sure to refresh the page by pressing both the Ctrl key and the F key to ensure you are seeing the latest version There is nothing wrong with using the word said in written dialogue. Personal Narratives Ms McClure Personal Narrative Genre Personal narratives are a form of writing in which the writer relates one event, incident, or experience from his her life. Primary Resources English Text Level Fiction Playscripts Primary Resources free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers. Dauntless Dialogue The Alchemy of Perception Rob Counts and Ben Chasteen of Edge of Wonder join me to discuss the horrors of Communism, radical dysgenic ideologies that influence despots, murderous regimes that committed democide in the th century, dictators and their Deep State puppet masters, and the solutions and insights for us to see through the propaganda.