This is truly one of the easiest things you can do to improve your dialogue writing: When you finish a draft of your script, read aloud each character’s dialogue, all of their sides back to back to back. Things to check for:
* Does each line work? Does it sound ‘real’ when you read it aloud?
* Repetitive lines
* Catch phrases a character might use
* The rhythm and pace of a specific character’s talking style
* Track the rhythm and pace of each side per what’s going on in each scene (i.e., they should match up)
Overall one big thing you’re checking to see if each of your characters has a distinguishable manner of talking.
It makes so much sense to do this, what’s so dumb about it? You. Standing in a room. Alone. Reading aloud. It’s awkward at first. But once you get used to it, it becomes a necessity with every script you read.
BTW, both Final Draft and Movie Magic Screenwriter allow you to print out an individual character’s sides of dialogue consecutively.
This has been another installment of Dumb Little Writing Tricks That Work.