What Astronauts Can Teach You About Writing Dialogue
We’ve talked about writing a lot recently. We even talked about how awesome Hemingway’s dialogue is (at least I think so).
Dialogue can make or break a novel, I think. Crappy, unrealistic dialogue just bores me. It makes me skim quickly through the text and almost forget what I’m reading.
Today, I thought I’d post an example of great dialogue.
But there’s a catch. It’s not from a novel. This is an actual conversation between astronauts on the Apollo 10 mission that went around the moon in 1969. The entire mission, which is now declassified, was transcribed into a 500 page document.
My takeaway: If astronauts wrote novels, I think they’d write awesome dialogue. Because this is the awesomest dialogue that ever existed.
Take it away, astronauts.
How visual is that? The last line just brings it all together, doesn’t it?
Next time you’re writing dialogue, remember the astronauts and the floating poop.
(Transcript Image: Distractions In Space)
(Featured Image: Wikimedia Commons)