6 Types Of Conversations Your Characters Can Have

Of course there are more than 6 types of conversations your characters can have, but this is just to name a few. Our characters speak all the time to each other and we don’t really think too much about what the conversation entails or how it may effect the readers.

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Hellos & Goodbyes

This conversation is pretty straightforward. It’s an introduction or a see you later kind of conversation. Sometimes it’s quick, sometimes not. Sometimes it’s easy to say hi and bye and other times it’s hard for the characters. It’s a generic conversation but this can go in many different ways.

General

General conversations can be natural little quips here and there. It can be something as simple as two characters commenting on the weather. This kind of conversation can shed some light on the characters themselves as well as the setting and maybe some slight plot information.

Backstory

This type of conversation can be used to showcase a character or two. Your readers can get to know them a little more as your characters try to get to know each other. This can also be important to the plot as the conversation can very well just be about the plot instead of themselves.

Agreement & Disagreement

No one gets along with others all the time. Arguments and bickers happen. It’s a little depth to the characters and to the plot, depending on what the argument is about. But there are also plenty of agreements to go around, especially if your characters are trying to come up with a plan to do something. They can come up with ideas together.

Complaining

I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain this one. We all complain and it usually gets on someone’s nerves. Or maybe that someone agrees with us and may be complaining right along side us. Characters have a lot to complain about, especially with the types of situations we writers put them through.

Reveal

Revealing something important or making a confession, your characters can have a sort of heart-to-heart. Unless it’s something pretty big then maybe an argument will break out. Who knows what’ll happen?

There are a lot of other types of conversations characters can have. Which ones did I miss? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it around.

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17 thoughts on “6 Types Of Conversations Your Characters Can Have

  1. When a writer is starting out this is a hard thing to do. When I first started it sounded mechanical. Kind of like watching a badly acted play. I’ve learned to get deeper into their heads and understand what they would say instead what I think they would say. In a nutshell that is the difference.

    • It is hard, I agree. Dialogue is easily one of the hardest aspected about writing. But I agree with what you say. Thanks for reading and for your input!

  2. Thanks for the outline – I feel like sometimes we skip right to the disagreements and complaining and forget that so many other kinds of communication can share so much about a character – let’s take the hellos and goodbyes. Who the character does (or doesn’t) greet, says a lot about who they are as a person. Thanks for sharing.

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