By Daniel Dercksen, 19 January, 2021
Just as characters converse and create conflict and action, so does each story have its own unique dialogue between itself and its readers.
Story’s dialogue is created through three powerful beats that perpetually engages, challenges and provokes the imagination of readers – this includes the readers of fictional or non-fictional literature, as well as those who watch films or television, whose response to the visual mediums relies on how they read what they watch on the screen.
What are the 3 Beats of Story Dialogue?
In storytelling and writing, story becomes more engaging if writers create an interactive communication between itself and readers with a dialogue between:
- The actions of the characters – the characters reveal their true nature.
- The words spoken by the characters – characters convey their feelings through what they say and how they say it
- The thoughts of the characters – the characters reveal their secrets, fears and emotional state of being to the reader.
Action: He walks into a room.
Words: Don’t do this to me!
Thoughts: Why should I allow this to happen?
Mastering the 3 Beats of Story Dialogue
Once a story is structurally secure, plotted, with a universal thematic purpose, its outer and inner lives are fully explored, its characters fully developed, the writer can create magic within the world of the story.
Unifying the 3 beats throughout the crafting of the story allows the reader to experience story in motion, from its alluring opening, to its inevitable and emotionally rewarding ending, turning dull and formulaic narrative into an engaging and interactive experience.
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