DIALOGUE TECHNIQUES
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LIST OF THE 101 DIALOGUE TECHNIQUES

Great Dialogue Software™ has the following techniques available at the click of a button.  Each technique is carefully explained with numerous examples taken from film, TV, stage and novels: 

ANTITHESIS

AVOIDANCE

BACKHANDED COMPLIMENT

BAIT AND SWITCH

BLURT AND RETRACT

BREAKING THE FOURTH WALL

CATCHPHRASE

CHANGE OF PACE

CLASSIC QUOTATIONS, USING

CLASSIC QUOTATIONS, SPOOFING

CLICHÉS, PUNCTURING

CLIMACTIC SPEECH

COMEDY OF PAIN

COMIC COMPARISON

COMIC IMAGERY

 COMMENTARY

CONFUSING DIALOGUE

COVERING UP

CROSS PURPOSES

CROSS PURPOSES, DELIBERATE

CRY FROM THE HEART

CURT

DEFINING PHRASE

DEFUSING SENTIMENT

DOUBLE-DUTCH

DOUBLE ENTENDRE (SEXUAL INNUENDO)

DOUBLE MEANING

DOUBLE NEGATIVE

DRAMATIC COMPARISON

DRAMATIC IMAGERY

DRAMATIC IRONY

ENIGMATIC

EXCLAMATIONS (AUTOMATIC)

EXPOSITION

 FAUX PAS

FINISHING OTHER PEOPLE’S SENTENCES

FLIP (MIRROR IMAGE)

FORESHADOWING

FORESHADOWING / BACKSHADOWING

FORMAL

GOING OFF AT A TANGENT

HARD-BOILED DIALOGUE

HOMOPHONES

IGNORANCE, MOCK

IGNORANCE, REAL

IGNORANCE, REAL (COVERING UP)

IMAGE CONTRAST (OIL & WATER)

 INAPPROPRIATE RESPONSE

INNOCUOUS EXPLETIVE

INSULTS

INTERIOR MONOLOGUE

IRONY

JOKING THROUGH TEARS

JUXTAPOSITION

LAST LINES

LISTS

LOOK, THE

LYING

MALAPROPISM

MANGLED METAPHOR

MANO A MANO (MAN TO MAN)

MATTER-OF-FACT

MISUNDERSTANDING

MONOLOGUE

NARRATION (AND VOICE OVER)

 NONCOMMITTAL

NON SEQUITUR

OCCUPATIONAL DIALOGUE AND JARGON

OVERSTATEMENT (HYPERBOLE)

PARADOX

PERVERSE LOGIC

PICK-UP LINE

PUT-DOWN LINE

QUESTIONS WITH QUESTIONS

RANTING AND RAVING

REPETITION

RETORT

RUNNING GAG

SARCASM

SET-UP & PAY-OFF

SILENCE OR NO COMMENT

 SIMPLE (TO THE POINT)

SOLILOQUY

STATING THE OBVIOUS

STYLE CONTRAST

SUDDEN REVERSALS

TALKING DOWN

TALKING TOO MUCH

TARANTINO-ESQUE

TAUNTING

TELLING IT LIKE IT IS

TEXTURE OR BACKGROUND DIALOGUE

THEMATIC

TITLE DIALOGUE

TOUGH-GUY

TRAGIC CLOWN

TRYING TO HELP, BUT FAILING

UNDERSTATEMENT

UNEXPECTED QUESTION

 VERNACULAR

WARNING TOO LATE

 

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