Every Dialogue Line Is A Punchline

advice, comedy writing, drama, jokes, screenwriting, T.V. writing

 

Project 4(Barbara Kruger) by KelsIZbwnage

I want every line of dialogue I write to land like a punchline.

Even in the most serious, least funny stuff I write — I still strive for that rhythm. Each line sets up the next. And each line has to land. And if it doesn’t, you tighten it (by cutting off the top of the line, the first half of the sentence, which the eye skips over anyway) — or you cut filler words — or you reorder the line so that the highest-impact word falls last. Or conversely — you reorder the line so that it falls away, it’s a throwaway, the intensity and conviction of the words and the speaker drop from the start of the line till the end. And this is a kind of punchline too, where we suddenly look at the speaker, knowing there’s a story there. He’s the butt of the joke. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s not.

What we’re talking about is a way to make your dialogue rhythmic, musical and responsive. Just make each line feel like the punchline to the joke that was the last line. I’m not saying make it funny — I did this in death scenes in my Iraq pilot. Ok maybe there was a little humor there, I don’t remember.

Just make it punchy.

 

90 thoughts on “Every Dialogue Line Is A Punchline

  1. I must say you have hi quality posts here. Your website should go viral.
    You need initial traffic only. How to get it? Search for; Etorofer’s strategies

  2. Hey there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with?
    I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a
    hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.

    The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most
    blogs and I’m looking for something unique.
    P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  3. Hi there I am so happy I found your blog, I
    really found you by error, while I was researching on Google for something else,
    Regardless I am here now and would just like to say thanks a lot for
    a marvelous post and a all round interesting blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to
    look over it all at the minute but I have book-marked it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read
    more, Please do keep up the superb job.

  4. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the images on this blog loading?
    I’m trying to determine if its a problem on my end or if it’s
    the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  5. My spouse and I stumbled over here different web address and thought I might as well check things
    out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to finding out about your
    web page for a second time.

  6. Hi there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve
    tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the
    same outcome.

  7. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to mention that I have truly enjoyed surfing around your weblog posts.
    After all I’ll be subscribing for your rss feed and I’m hoping you write once more very soon!

  8. That is a really good tip especially to those
    new to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise info… Thanks
    for sharing this one. A must read article!

  9. What i don’t understood is in truth how you’re now
    not really a lot more neatly-favored than you might be now.
    You’re so intelligent. You understand therefore considerably in terms of this matter, made me in my opinion believe it from so many numerous angles.
    Its like men and women are not involved until it is something to do with Girl gaga!
    Your own stuffs great. All the time deal with it up!

  10. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as
    long as I provide credit and sources back to your site?

    My website is in the very same area of interest as yours and my
    visitors would certainly benefit from a lot of the information you present here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you.
    Thank you!

  11. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up.
    The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Safari.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser
    compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The design look great though! Hope you get the problem
    fixed soon. Many thanks

  12. fantastic put up, very informative. I wonder why the opposite experts of this sector don’t realize this. You must proceed your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  13. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Genuinely rarely should i encounter a weblog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you may have hit the nail about the head. Your idea is outstanding; the problem is an element that insufficient persons are speaking intelligently about. I am delighted we came across this during my look for something with this.

  14. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Genuinely rarely should i encounter a weblog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you may have hit the nail about the head. Your idea is outstanding; the problem is an element that insufficient persons are speaking intelligently about. I am delighted we came across this during my look for something with this.

  15. Greetings from Ohio! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the knowledge you present here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, superb site!

  16. Good post. I be taught one thing tougher on different blogs everyday. It is going to always be stimulating to read content material from different writers and follow just a little something from their store. I’d desire to make use of some with the content on my blog whether or not you don’t mind. Natually I’ll offer you a link in your net blog. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I’ve been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this sort
    of area . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately stumbled upon this site.
    Reading this info So i am happy to exhibit that I’ve a very just right uncanny feeling I came
    upon just what I needed. I so much certainly will make certain to do not disregard this site and give it a look regularly.

  18. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this excellent blog!

    I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed
    to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will share this website with my Facebook group.
    Chat soon!

  19. Greetings from Florida! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your site on my iphone during
    lunch break. I love the info you present here and can’t wait
    to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my
    mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, fantastic blog!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.