Perspective and dialogue are strange bedfellows. The perspective you choose will often have a drastic impact on the approach you take to writing dialogue. Any writer that doesn’t take the perspective of their story into account when creating dialogue can expect to encounter disaster.
Few writers are able to understand the important impact point of view can have on the direction of a story. Plus the manner in which readers will perceive it. As such, they rarely ever take the point of view (POV) of their tale into account when writing a book and creating dialogue.
Tips on How to Write Dialogue from Different POVs
Characters are the most important element of any story. A writer’s ability to immerse his audience into the perspective of a character will determine his work’s marketability.
Most books today follow a very tame approach to storytelling, which lead to quite a number of challenges. These include introducing heroes whose journeys they will then chronicle as they overcome various obstacles to achieve victory.
Whether you are:
- outlining a story from the hero’s POV that suddenly compels you to approach things from the perspective of the villain
- crossing the divide to tell a story from a gender completely alien to you, or
- simply digging into a POV unfamiliar in every way to your senses
Your ability to adapt your dialogue writing accordingly will impact your level of success in writing a book. ChatEbooks lists down some tips and considerations to keep in mind in this regard include the following:
You must first select a POV that most effectively matches the perspective from which you intend to approach your story. This includes first person, third person and omniscient. You might even choose to experiment with the so-called second person POV. The key is to utilize a POV that most efficiently explores this new angle to your story. Some writers have had success using the third person POV to essentially distance themselves from unfamiliar perspectives.
When exploring a new perspective, one would benefit from immersing themselves into the personalities of their characters. For example, when male writers not familiar with the POV of a female character decide to tackle such a challenge. They will seek the assistance of women to understand their POVs that separates them from their male counterparts. Others may simply engage female personalities as often as possible, even eavesdropping and observing women in various social situations. Therefore, it is important that writers learn to think and talk like the character you have in mind. As a result, writers would easily generate dialogue (unique to their POV) without any major challenges.
Unfortunately, writers who approach their stories from different POVs, only to forget to inject distinction into their material. Your villain’s POV cannot mirror the perspective of your hero. Equally, a story told from a frog’s POV, must drastically differ from the perspective of a dashing prince. The purpose of exploring new POVs is to immerse readers into a world they are wholly unfamiliar with. So use your imagination when writing dialogue and get creative when crafting each character’s uniqueness.
Diction and Syntax
Writers are always encouraged to pay attention to the diction and syntax of their dialogue. This is especially true when writing from different points of view. The manner in which a character’s sentences are constructed should convey the unique perspective of any given story. For instance, positive characters tend to use flowery language while villains are described in the coldness of their words.
A discussion of dialogue writing in fiction isn’t complete without considering the importance of interior monologue. Interior monologue affects every aspect of the characterization and plot in your story. Make sure every sentence of your characters’ internal monologue makes a meaningful contribution to the plot or developing your characters.
POV is one of the most difficult elements of writing dialogue to master. Just remember to pay close attention to detail, and convey the purpose your story’s characters in every word you write.