Do you have any tips on how to write dialogue? Like I can't write dialogue to save my life!!!
You have to keep a few things in mind
It’ll be awkward at first but eventually with practice it’ll become second nature
Listen to how real people talk, in stops and starts, with fragments and filler words (“err, ummm, I mean, kinda like, you know, este,”) and you’ll see everyone has different speech patterns and flow. Invent (or steal) a speech pattern for your character and stick to it.
These are the speech patterns I use for the RWBY girls
Blake talks shortly. Sometimes it’s sarcastic. If she’s quiet, she’s often still expressive in other ways. Taciturn, but not meek. Succinct.
Weiss, on the other hand, talks in long and often meandering ways, sometimes she’ll even go dip briefly and sharply into another tangentially related subject entirely before veering back to her original topic and it might give you whiplash if you’re not careful but HONESTLY if you would just PAY ATTENTION you would understand that she is actually taking great pains to be as clear as possible while still slipping in the occasional dig to remind you of your place!!!
Ruby and Yang fit somewhere between the two, casual but not childish. Well, sometimes childish, but in a fun way?There’ll be a lot of contractions and contradictions and, ermmm, filler words and things ending in question marks that don’t need them? This is called, I mean I read it somewhere and I’m pretty sure it’s called up talking? A lot of girls tend to talk this way? Ruby isn’t always very confident so she’ll bluster around a bit and meander like Weiss does, to show they’re both a bit more visibly insecure about things and like, you know she doesn’t mean to ramble but her thoughts get scattered cause she’s all over the place!!! But really she can be quick if she has to! But things need context okay?
Yang’s a lot more likely to use contractions and “txt speak” irl, tbh, she’ll be like idk, man, spellin out these letters is just how I roll, droppin g’s at the end of her sentences cause like maybe she started doing it ironically but now she can’t stop???? Up talking returns here? Ending things like a question? Yang’s speech patterns are close to generic “tumblr talk” and she straddles the line between dorky and genuinely cool because she doesn’t give a fuck what you think tbh. Do you have a fucking problem with that?
Once you get a “pattern” down for a character, I find that the content— the actual things the characters are saying— can then be almost anything. Just make it sound like something that person would say, based on the pattern you set down.
I met a traveller from way the hell off
who said: two gigantic, fucked-up rock legs
be out there in the middle of goddamn nowhere
right next to them covered in shit some kinda big face
looked pretty pissed & upset & whatnot
all damn covered in words
"yo ozymandias here, this my shit"
"better than your shit, get fucked buddy"
not much else tho, just sand
shitloads of sand all over the place
Halfway through this one I decided I didn’t know how to draw so it’s all kindsa static crap but ah well
french girls drink wine naked in the bath and it’s hot, but i drink a case of 4 loko naked in the starfish touch tank at sea world and it’s “probably like 50 felonies, you monster.” whatever, OFFICER
Speaking of balm for the soul, I love my wangsty ocs and their dumb problems.
My milkshakes bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
why are dolls from the 1920’s-50’s always the ones that are haunted?? i wanna see a haunted anime love pillow
[/warbled demonic voice]IM NOT YOUR WAIFU, SHITLORRRDDD
that awesome feeling when you know that despite not talking to a friend everyday or even after a very long time that you’re both still cool