3 Brainstorming Tips To Make Your Dialogue Pop – Let’s Hear It For The Meerkats In Tech

Photo by GermanGirl

Photo by GermanGirl

There are some TV shows you love for their plot, some for their characters, some for their dialogue, and some for all of these. Usually it takes at least two of three to keep you hooked, but I can’t believe I’m saying this, I’m hooked on a show for it’s dialogue!

Yes, there are great examples of character journey and a strong plot, but even if there wasn’t I might have to watch it just for the dialogue. I always want to know what they are going to say next.

3 Brainstorming Tips To Make Your Dialogue Pop:

1. Make the mundane Fun. Truthfully, some of the funnest dialogue segments have so little to do with the plot and everything to do with life’s inane conversations. Brainstorm a list of mundane things that could be funny to put in dialogue. This works well in segments where you may have Partners on a job or a situation where people have to hang around waiting for something. It makes them feel like everyday people.

Take this clip, for example:

2. Give the words a surprising spin. Identify some of the more used phrases in your dialogue and replace them with something with more zip. Brainstorm some qualities of your characters or the situations they are in and think of an animal or a life experience that it reminds you of.

One example I have from NCIS LA is when Granger Says, “Is it me, or are the meerkats in Tech getting even stranger?” He could have simply said the tech crew is strange, but instead they give it pop with a surprising spin of words.

3. Let the Words Show Good Natured Fun and Sparring. Brainstorm a list of situations that could build sparring. One partner has a stolen car that is their baby, the odd couple type of scenario, trying to get someone to go on a blind date, etc. What might the characters that like each other find themselves on the opposite side of an issue from the other? What might be fun to rub in to your sidekick or hero/heroine?  These are perfect opportunities.

Here is another example:

What Shows Do You Like For Their Dialogue? 


About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “3 Brainstorming Tips To Make Your Dialogue Pop – Let’s Hear It For The Meerkats In Tech

  1. ediemelson says:

    I love this post! I’m glad you’re back to blogging, I’ve missed all your tips and insights.

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