A dialogue is a conversation between two individuals on a topic understood and related to by both. It is an exchange of thoughts and opinions on any kind of topic or issue.
A dialogue may either aim to form a concurrence of thought or differentiate one’s point of view from the others. In this post, you will find a Dialogue writing Format, 4 Quality Tips, and 10 Free Samples.
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Dialogue Writing Format
Dialogue does not have any distinct format. However, some rules need to be followed to avoid confusion while pairing a statement with its speaker.
When the names of speakers are not mentioned, the dialogues should be written within quotation marks.
Example: “I have an appointment today.”
“What time is it?”
In such cases, attributions like he said, she replied, etc. should also be included.
Example: “I do not trust that man,” he said.
An attribution when used at the beginning of a sentence should always be followed by a comma (,).
Example: She said, “This is the clue we were looking for.”
When the names of the speakers are included, they should be followed by a colon mark (:).
Example: Rita: How may I help you?
Mr. Rao: Could you tell me the way to the boardroom?
Every time the speaker changes, a new line should be used.
Example: Mother: What time will you be back?
Sara: The class will get over by 4, so I should be home by 4.30.
Mother: I may not be home when you come, but I will make some snacks for you before leaving.
Tips for Dialogue Writing
- Written dialogue should appear spontaneous; therefore, do not include elaborate sentences.
- While writing a dialogue, ensure that thoughts are expressed clearly.
- Make a short outline at the beginning so that all-important points are given sufficient credit.
- The arrangement of ideas in a logical sequence is equally important. Jumping back and forth with thoughts makes the piece appear immature
Dialogue Writing Samples
Dialogue Writing Sample #1
Bank Manager: Good morning! Please come in. How may I help you?
Raj Singh: Good Morning! I would like to open a savings account with your bank, but I find the process very confusing.
Bank Manager: Please take a seat. The process is very simple actually. All you have to do is fill out a savings account opening form and submit it with photocopies of your ID proofs and two passport-sized photographs.
Raj Singh: Which ID proofs should I get along with?
Bank Manager: We will need one photocopy of each of your ration cards, pan card, and Aadhar card.
Raj Singh: Ok, that sounds easy. Where will I get the account opening form?
Bank Manager: The clerk sitting at the desk opposite the cash counter will give it to you.
Raj Singh: What is the minimum deposit amount for opening an account?
Bank Manager: For a savings account, it is only 500 rupees. However, this amount cannot be withdrawn unless you wish to close your account permanently.
Raj Singh: What are the other facilities that I would be provided if I open an account?
Bank Manager: Apart from your chequebook, SBI will provide you with an ATM/debit card, internet banking, and phone banking facility.
Raj Singh: Thanks a lot! You have really simplified the procedure for me.
Bank Manager: The pleasure is entirely mine.
Dialogue Writing Sample #2
Dr. Sunil: This is the third time in two months you have come to me complaining of stomach ache, Rakesh. Have you been eating frequently from outside?
Rakesh: I have my lunch from the school canteen, doctor.
Dr. Sunil: How is the food in taste and appearance?
Rakesh: The food tastes good, except that it is spicy sometimes. Often, it is soaked in excess oil.
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Dr. Sunil: No wonder you are falling sick so often, Rakesh! Eating spicy food regularly upsets your digestive system. Does the oil in the food smell abnormal?
Rakesh: I don’t know really. But yes, my throat often aches after eating a meal that had excess oil.
Dr. Sunil: That is due to the poor quality of oil being used to make the food. Rakesh, you should stop eating from the canteen at once. If possible, eat home-cooked food and for a few weeks only eat light meals.
Rakesh: Okay, doctor. What can I include in my diet for the next few days?
Dr. Sunil: Have home-cooked food with minimum spices. Avoid over-intake of fibrous foods as they are heavy to digest. Have plenty of water and fruit. In a couple of weeks, your system will be back to normal.
Rakesh: Thank you, Doctor. I will avoid eating from outside henceforth.
Dr. Sunil: Yes, you should. Here are your medicines. In addition, please also engage in light exercise once a day so that you remain fit.
Rakesh: I will do that, doctor. Thank you for your time and consultation.
Dr. Sunil: Take care and get well soon Rakesh!
Dialogue Writing Sample #3
Mother: Looks like you had a lot of fun at school today. How was the Christmas party?
Riya: It was a truly spectacular mother. The children from the primary section enacted the Christmas story at the assembly.
Mother: Oh! That must have been really beautiful.
Riya: It was! Not only that; after a short speech by our school leader on the significance of Christmas, the school band played carols on their instruments. Mumma, you should have heard them, for a moment I felt like heaven had come down to Earth.
Mother: That does sound exceptional. I understand what you mean. Your school has a reputation of excelling in whatever it does.
Riya: Yes Mumma, it was! After that, we went to our class. There we played games with our teacher. It was great fun. We also had crib-making and classroom decoration competitions.
Mother: So, they kept y’all busy the whole day. Did they give y’all any snacks to eat?
Riya: Yes, they gave us Fruity, samosas, wafers, cake, and chocolates. I got many gifts from Santa Claus as well. He kept throwing them in all directions.
Mother: Well Riya, I’m glad that you had so much fun.
Riya: That I did, wait for Mumma there is more. I forgot to show you the gift I got. Every standard received a different toy. We received Brainvita. Playing this game is so much fun.
Mother: So, I see you opened it in the school itself.
Riya: Yes! Everyone did. We were so engrossed in it that we did not even realize when the bell rang at the end of the day.
Mother: That’s very nice. Be sure to thank your teachers when you go to school next for all the effort they put in.
Dialogue Writing Sample #4
Rajesh: Excuse me, what is your name, sir?
Beggar: My name is Dinesh Kumar. Why do you ask? You don’t need my name to curse me.
Rajesh: I do not wish to curse you, Mr Kumar. I never saw you here before. You intrigue me; therefore, I want to know more about you. Who are you and why are you begging here?
Beggar: I cannot recollect the last time somebody called me by that name.
Rajesh: Tell me something about yourself.
Beggar: You know my name. Many years ago, I used to be a successful businessman dealing with scrap metals. The business was booming and I was surrounded by friends. I got married to a woman I loved and she bore me two children. I was a very good father fulfilling every desire my children had.
Rajesh: What changed that?
Beggar: I had a daughter and a son. When they got married, things started changing. Both of them vied for my business and property which I bequeathed to them. Once my son had control of my business, he ousted me. My daughter too, whom I gave my palatial house, threw me and my wife out.
Rajesh: Where did you go from there?
Beggar: My friends deserted me since I had no money. So, I begged for a living making enough to buy us two meals a day. My wife eventually succumbed to illnesses leaving me all alone in this world. At this age, I cannot beg. Sometimes I wait for death to catch up with me.
Dialogue Writing Sample #5
Sushant: Hello! May I speak to Mr S. Kaushik?
S. Kaushik: Yes, who is this?
Sushant: Hello Sir. My name is Sushant. I saw the advertisement for your activity club in today’s newspaper and would like to enquire more about it.
Mr. Shah: Oh yes! We have recently opened an activity club for children of all age groups. I will be able to explain it to you further if you can tell me what exactly you are looking for.
Sushant: My son has a lot of free time, and since both my wife and I are working we would like to enrol him in a creative club.
S. Kaushik: We would be happy to oblige. What would you like to know?
Sushant: First, where exactly are you located?
Mr. Shah: Our club is located on the ground floor of Pravin Apartments which is about a 2–3 minute walk from the Santa Cruz railway station.
Sushant: Okay, could you give me some more details about the place?
Mr. Shah: We have converted a 1BHK flat into our club area furnished with colourful toys and other amenities. We also have a large garden at the back which can be accessed only through our flat.
Sushant: The place sounds safe enough. What activities do y’all teach?
Mr. Shah: We teach all forms of dance, singing, and craft. It’s an extensive list. I suggest you visit us once since it is impossible for me to list everything we do on a call.
Sushant: Okay, I will do that. Thank you for the information. I will call you back once I make up my mind.
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