I provided time for an exercise at the end, and three attendees were willing to read their fictional conversations. I was really impressed with the pieces read--all were very well written and quite entertaining!
Speaking of dialogue (cheesy pun intended), something I touched on in the workshop was the difference in communication styles between men and women.
Men are more direct and brusque in tone. They use simpler vocabulary with fewer modifiers, and are likely to use one word responses and shorter sentences. Instead of talking about people and feelings, they’d rather talk about things.
Women, however, love talking about people and relationships. Their language is softer, and they’re more likely to talk around a subject. “I’m not too happy about this,” she might say, while he says, “I’m mad as hell!” Women express themselves in complete sentences, and want to share their feelings.
Today, I thought I'd pass this article along from the website Your Tango, written by Richard Drobnick of The Mars and Venus Counseling Center. It provides some information to keep in mind when writing dialogue from the perspective of the opposite sex.
He believes communication should have a clear purpose. Behind every conversation is a problem that needs solving or a point that needs to be made.
She uses communication to discover how she is feeling and what it is she wants to say. She sees conversation as an act of sharing and an opportunity to increase intimacy with her partner.
She uses communication to explore and organize her thoughts — to discover the point of the story. She may not know what information is necessary or excessive until the words come spilling out. But a woman isn't necessarily searching for a solution when she initiates a conversation. She's looking for someone to listen and understand what she's feeling.
Do you have any tips to make dialogue sound more feminine or masculine?
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